HD Notebook

Hoard Jerseys see the appraiser

Mon, 03/14/2011

Last Tuesday, the Hoard Jersey herd which now numbers 147 cows was appraised by AJCA appraiser, Leah Johnson. We purchased the Jerseys from three Wisconsin herds, one Illinois herd, and one in Ohio. Most Jerseys are housed in our old tie stall barn that recently made a complete transformation into a free stall facility; a few dozen can be found in the new free stall barn, as well. Read more

Higher milk prices dominate talk at WDMC

Fri, 03/11/2011

Higher milk prices and the optimism they inspire are translating into a large, positive crowd this week at the 10th Western Dairy Management Conference in Reno, Nevada, that concludes today. Read more

Moods are positive at BIG Western Dairy conference

Thu, 03/10/2011

Even though costs, especially feed costs, are climbing, so are milk prices, and the prospect of higher milk prices have put many dairymen and their suppliers in a more positive mood. That is evident in the hallway discussion at the 10th bi-annual Western Dairy Management Conference being held this week at Reno. Read more

Milk stabilization poll

Wed, 03/09/2011

With all the recent discussion around possible dairy legislation in 2011, it is no wonder that there are so many different opinions, and dollar figures, on the subject. Read more

How much do consumers really know about dairy?

Tue, 03/08/2011

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the seventh Young Dairy Leaders Institute in Albuquerque, New Mex. Read more

Two studies find milk stabilization benefits producers

Mon, 03/07/2011

The financial divide stands at nearly $3.8 billion. That is a substantial pay gap when it comes to milk checks for the nation’s dairy producers during 2009. Read more

A 2010 snapshot of U.S. dairying

Fri, 03/04/2011

America’s dairy industry shrank again in 2010 in terms of both cow and farm numbers, yet produced more milk, according to data released last month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Closer scrutiny of those numbers produces this snapshot of the industry:

• There were 53,127 licensed dairies in the U.S. in 2010, a decline of 1,805 from the previous year. The largest declines occurred in Wisconsin (-460), Minnesota (-160), Missouri (-110), California (-110), New York (-100) and Iowa (-100).

• Average U.S. dairy herd size was 172 cows, an increase of two from the previous year. The largest average herd sizes were in New Mexico (2,293), Arizona (1,609), Nevada (1,120) and California (1,026).

• Total U.S. cow numbers were 9.117 million head, a decline of 86,000 from the previous year and the second yearly decline in a row.

• Total U.S. milk production rose to a new all-time high of 192.8 billion pounds, an increase of nearly 3.5 billion pounds from the previous year. Read more

Milk prices staying ahead of feed costs . . . barely

Thu, 03/03/2011

The Milk-Feed Price Ratio for February was 1.96. That is the pounds of a 16 percent-protein complete ration we could purchase with 1 pound of milk. The ratio for last February was 2.36, higher largely because of much lower feed costs. Read more

Everything is right around the corner

Wed, 03/02/2011

It’s that time of year. The snow is about to leave us, baseball games will be televised, and demand for ice cream will increase. In theory, higher milk prices, feed costs, and haymaking season will be here before we know it, too. Read more

Learn from our mistakes

Tue, 03/01/2011

We are quite familiar with the phase, “We all learn from our mistakes.” Nothing smacks you in the face as a poor decision, but, once that mistake is made, it is rarely repeated by the same person. We need to learn from the decision and move forward. Read more

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