HD Notebook

Practice safe farming this summer

Thu, 05/20/2010

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Milk production keeps climbing

Wed, 05/19/2010

April milk production in the top 23 dairy states was up 1.7 percent over last year, according to the USDA NASS Milk Production report released yesterday. This rise in milk production surprised many industry observers. The combination of higher cull cow prices and low milk prices was expected to result in a larger drop in cow numbers and, perhaps, a drop in milk output. Read more

How bulk tanks are made

Tue, 05/18/2010

Think back to those wonder-filled days of childhood — the days when a walk around your family's farm was filled with shock and awe of everything you stumbled upon. That large, shiny stainless steel tank in the milk house was likely no exception. Channeling the inner youth of our 125-year magazine, we wanted to know how those shiny dairy farm hood ornaments are made. Read more

Despite lower feed and energy costs, dairy farm losses mount

Mon, 05/17/2010

Now that the tax filing season is complete, farm accounting reports are beginning to be compiled and distributed to the dairy world. Those reports only quantify what we already know, 2009's losses were much higher than the previous year. Read more

Colorful trend is underway in U.S. dairy herds

Fri, 05/14/2010

A growing A.I. trend is literally changing the look of the U.S. dairy industry: Herds are becoming more colorful. Read more

Reading the milk price/feed cost tea leaves

Thu, 05/13/2010

Two releases in recent days help shed light on the milk price and feed cost scene in the months ahead. USDA's monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates and USDA's Crop Production were released earlier this week. Read more

DMI's quick-serve partnerships for long-term dairy growth

Wed, 05/12/2010

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Working off the farm, to back on the farm

Tue, 05/11/2010

Judging by the mail you've received lately, you'll know that graduation season is upon us. Yes, mortar boards and tassels are being thrown everywhere this month. We've picked up on that graduation theme and are telling you about some outstanding young adults who have taken the brave leap to get into the dairy business shortly after graduation. Read more

Stray voltage award Wisconsin's largest for a dairy farm

Mon, 05/10/2010

Stray voltage by its very name and nature is a difficult entity to trace. And when it is suspected of causing harm on a dairy, it can be a testy condition to eliminate. Such was the case at Bollant Farms in southwest Wisconsin. According to published reports, the Bollant family dairy farm had not one, but two separate stray voltage issues. Read more

Air quality and cows: What goes in could be the real problem

Fri, 05/07/2010

Air quality researchers in California’s San Joaquin Valley got an unexpected surprise recently when they accidentally discovered that what comes out of cows may not deserve nearly as much blame for the area’s high ozone levels as it's been getting.

Instead, a bigger culprit may be what goes into them. Read more

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