HD Notebook

Open house marks anniversary of robotic milkers

Tue, 09/14/2010

Over 600 people came to Knigge Farms of Omro, Wis., to celebrate the 10th anniversary of robotic milking in the United States. It was in August 2000 that Pete and Theo Knigge, and their son, Charlie, installed a pair of A2, Astronaut robots in their new free stall barn. This May, just three months short of the 10-year anniversary, the Knigges installed the latest Lely robots, the Astronaut A3. Read more

"Give a kid a calf"

Mon, 09/13/2010

This is one of my favorite quotes. Past National Holstein Association president and dairy producer Doug Maddox of California encourages adults to see the value in giving a young person the chance to work with “their very own” animal. Read more

Dairy situation better, but no celebrating yet

Fri, 09/10/2010

Slowly, but surely, modest profitability is returning for U.S. dairy producers. Even so, few are relaxing just yet. Read more

Dairy consumption numbers look good

Thu, 09/09/2010

Recently released dairy product consumption figures for 2009 are encouraging. Looking at consumption on a per-person or per-capita basis always is informative, because that accounts for changes in the population. Last year, there was per-capita growth in consumption of all products on a milk-equivalent, milk-fat basis. The total was 611 pounds per person, highest in many decades. Read more

21 Knights until World Dairy Expo

Tue, 09/07/2010

For some, that day cannot come quickly enough. For others, there is simply not enough time. World Dairy Expo is the event that so many producers, cattle owners, allied industry representatives, and young adults anticipate all year. "Crowning Achievements - Golden Opportunities" is aptly themed for this year’s World Dairy Expo and is especially true of the youth dairy judging contest. Read more

We’re seeing signs of optimism out West

Fri, 09/03/2010

The deep financial cuts suffered by Western dairy producers last year still have a long way to go before they heal, but attitudes out there really do seem to be getting better.

In recent weeks, we’ve visited producers in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. No one is close to doing cartwheels, but at least some optimism has crept back into their attitudes. It’s an important start. Read more

Milk supply will offset export demand and domestic use

Thu, 09/02/2010

The most current USDA forecast continues the trend of lower cow numbers that has been more than offset by higher output per cow in 2010. Output per cow is expected to rise by 2.5 percent compared with 2009, pushing current-year production to 192 billion pounds. Read more

Brian Krull - Words of Remembrance

Wed, 09/01/2010

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Purple ribbon cows, purple ribbon kids

Mon, 08/30/2010

In the rush of the end of summer, most of us find ourselves at some sort of fair or another. For Minnesotans, it usually means the State Fair — twelve days of fun that always end on labor day. During the first four days of the fair, you can find 4-H dairy project members filling the cattle barn. Each 4-H member is allowed to exhibit one animal, and this year that numbered at 508. Read more

California extends heat safety rules to ag workers

Fri, 08/27/2010

Now when temperatures heat up in California, so will the responsibility of dairy and other farm owners to provide heat safety protection for their employees. Read more

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