HD Notebook

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

Cow judging entries due in less than four weeks

Mon, 02/28/2011

In a few short weeks, the March 10 issue featuring the Jersey contest class will hit your mailbox. If you would like to enter as an individual or a family, there is a postage-paid entry card in that issue. Read more

Winners and Losers

Sat, 02/26/2011

I had a pretty expensive week. First I went to the co-op and picked up new tires for the truck. Then, I went to the dentist for my new crown. Finally, I filled up my truck with fuel!

That joke, or lack thereof, was courtesy of my grandfather. Read more

Dairy Financing Conference strikes a chord with producers

Fri, 02/25/2011

The size of the turnout spoke volumes about interest in the subject material at the “Dairy Financing Conference" February 22 in Visalia, Calif. Read more

U. of Illinois economist speculates on 2011 corn acreage

Thu, 02/24/2011

Most of the focus on 2011 U.S. planted acreage centers on corn acreage. There are a number of reasons for that focus, according to Darrel Good, an agricultural economist at the University of Illinois. Read more

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