HD Notebook

Dairy farming is not a spectator sport

Date: 
Wed, 02/03/2010

Have you ever heard the phrase "politics is not a spectator sport"? Dairy farming isn't either. We're not talking about actually working on the farm or not — rather — standing up for what we as dairy farmers do on a daily basis. Read more

HSUS starts countermeasure in Ohio, Humanewatch.org to be relauched

Date: 
Tue, 02/02/2010

Shortly after a "win" was made in Ohio for animal agriculture, it now looks like the battle isn't quite won yet. Last fall, Ohioans approved a constitutional amendment that created the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board known to many as Issue 2. The board is to be consisted of family farmers, consumers, the state veterinarian, and others. Read more

Who are the best genetic sources in Holsteins?

Date: 
Mon, 02/01/2010

For nearly four decades, Penn State's Larry Specht has been evaluating which farms and sires have been the best contributors to genetic progress in the Holstein breed. For his efforts, Specht was named a pioneer by the National Dairy Shrine. Read more

Vista Grande Farm honored for beef quality commitment

Date: 
Sat, 01/30/2010

At the annual 2010 Cattle Industry annual convention in San Antonio, Texas, Vista Grande Dairy Farm was recognized for its efforts in improving Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) on its operation while successfully encouraging others around them to implement BQA. This year's BQA award was given to one dairy and one beef producer. Read more

Something too silly to make up

Date: 
Fri, 01/29/2010

Don’t think the U.S. has a monopoly on social and political correctness gone berserk, or on oddball research to answer questions that no one cares about enough to ask. Britain is right there with us. Read more

USDA expecting strong milk per cow

Date: 
Thu, 01/28/2010

Expectations of higher milk per cow during 2010 have resulted in USDA pushing up expected milk production this year and lowering milk price forecasts slightly. The agency still expects cow numbers to average below 9 million cows for the year. (The December national herd estimate was 9.08 million cows.) However, some analysts doubt that cow numbers will be as low as the USDA predicts. Read more

ABC's Nightline makes a direct hit at dairy farmers

Date: 
Wed, 01/27/2010

Just last night, if you stayed up past your local news and turned on the TV you would have seen a disturbing negative report about the dairy industry on ABC. Before the piece even ran, we were led to believe the piece would be about milk quality, but it was nothing more than an attack on how dairy farmers care for their animals. Read more

Custom TMRs can work, but it must be a two-way street

Date: 
Tue, 01/26/2010

Custom operators who also serve as feed suppliers was the topic at the January 26 panel discussion of the Wisconsin Custom Operators Symposium held at the Wisconsin Dells. Two panel members who actively sell feed as well as TMR mixes shared their thoughts on the process. Read more

In despair, dairyman kills milking herd, then ends his life

Date: 
Mon, 01/25/2010

This past year has been challenging for dairy farmers across the nation. During the course of the past year, dairy producers have seen the average value of their milking herd drop by $700 per head across the board. In many regions of the country, milk checks have been barely enough to cover feed costs while in the Western U.S. milk checks didn't even cover feed bills in some cases. Read more

In despair, dairyman kills milking herd, then ends his life

Date: 
Mon, 01/25/2010

This past year has been challenging for dairy farmers across the nation. During the course of the past year, dairy producers have seen the average value of their milking herd drop by $700 per head across the board. In many regions of the country, milk checks have been barely enough to cover feed costs while in the Western U.S. milk checks didn't even cover feed bills in some cases. Read more

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