HD Notebook

Watch the cows, and use a tape measure

Thu, 03/04/2010

You may have noted that the Hoard's Dairyman Farm has benefited from having a management team that has met regularly over the past 1-1/2 years (February 10, 2010, issue, page 108) and having converted our heifer free stall barn to a bedded pack area for our close-ups (March 10, 2010, issue, page 177). We also tweaked the prefresh ration to reduce sorting. Read more

They checked the facts on lactose intolerance

Wed, 03/03/2010

Consumers battling lactose intolerance might need to find ways to become more tolerant of dairy to manage good health. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently gathered a panel of nutrition experts to address lactose intolerance and health. Read more

Breed judges named for 2010 World Dairy Expo

Tue, 03/02/2010

Official judges for World Dairy Expo 2010 have been appointed. The individuals who will be responsible for placing over 2,500 head of dairy cattle during the five-day show are:

International Junior Holstein Show: Adam Liddle, Argyle, New York

International Ayrshire Show: Norm Nabholz, West Union, Iowa
Ayrshire Associate: Randy Franck, Dewitt, Iowa Read more

2009 milk production statistics reveal few changes

Mon, 03/01/2010

USDA recently released the 2009 averages for state-by-state milk production, cow numbers, and milk per cow. A detailed report, complete with charts and tables, can be found the in the March 10 issue on page 169. Here are a few findings from USDA's report: Read more

Tougher organic milk and meat rules

Fri, 02/26/2010

The organic milk and meat world will change significantly on June 17, when stricter new regulations defining it go into effect. The new standards were announced by USDA earlier this month after several years of study and discussion requested by organic producer groups, food companies, and consumer organizations. Read more

Smaller drop in cows and milk expected

Thu, 02/25/2010

Cow numbers and milk production may not drop as much this year as expected earlier, according to USDA's dairy outlook report released yesterday. The size of the U.S. dairy herd is expected to decline from an average of 9.2 million head in 2009 to an average of 9.015 million
this year. The big heifer inventory suggests that the decline in herd size will be more gradual than earlier forecast. Read more

A fatal flaw in cheese making that you could be causing

Wed, 02/24/2010

Black spot defect is known as a fatal flaw in cheese making. These minute flecks of black in aged cheeses mean serious devaluation of cheese. They are formed because of the metallic nature of compounds that find their way into the milk line. The likely cause is poor removal of internal teat sealants. Read more

We believe in the future of agriculture — Happy National FFA Week

Tue, 02/23/2010

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Farm numbers fall just 3.8 percent to 54,952

Mon, 02/22/2010

Despite low milk prices and rising costs, the majority of dairy producers continued to milk cows last year. What remains to be seen is how the recent depressed economic conditions, both on the income and expense side of the ledger, will affect long-term dairy farm numbers. Read more

Make a bowl of popcorn and check out this website

Fri, 02/19/2010

Ladies and gentlemen it’s showtime at last. Read more

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