HD Notebook

Heat stress road show rolls on

Wed, 12/07/2011

Experts from the University of Florida and Texas A&M continue their road show in the U.S. next spring.

We joined nearly 50 dairy producers in Okeechobee, Fla., yesterday for the first leg of the Heat Stress Road Show. The presentations were full of great statistics and facts based on research done at many universities in North America and Europe. Read more

Dairy product production continues to grow

Tue, 12/06/2011

Cheese, butter, and frozen products production each swelled by more than 1 percent in October.

On Thursday, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its estimates for October dairy product production in the U.S. Read more

Creating Dairyland makes a great Christmas present

Mon, 12/05/2011

Creating Dairyland

Creatively written book chronicles Wisconsin’s growth as a major dairy state.

Second biggest U.S. dairy cooperative getting new CEO

Fri, 12/02/2011

California group’s leader previously worked for New Zealand export giant Fonterra

Andrei Mikhalevsky Read more

Land price bubble, or sound economics?

Thu, 12/01/2011

The main question at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Rising Farmland Values: Causes & Cautions was: Is there a bubble? The quick answer is: No.

10 Ways to Score on Scholarships

Wed, 11/30/2011

College can be expensive and preparing for this large investment begins long before you pay your first semester tuition.


Many agricultural businesses and organizations provide scholarships to deserving students. Some are based on academic merit, work experience, school activities, leadership roles, career aspirations, and, in some cases, financial need. We have prepared a list of 10 things to be mindful of when applying for scholarships (and for those writing letters on behalf of applicants). Many of our staff have served on scholarship committees and have seen several of these factors determine the final winners.

1. Keep on top of scholarship deadlines. Visit websites, read newspapers, look through newsletters for details on scholarships that are available. Read more

Where to go for Dairy Sire Summary Information

Tue, 11/29/2011

Sire summaries are released next week. A new group of genomic bulls will have their information published and older bulls will graduate to the ranks of daughter proven.

Both will vie for your semen-purchasing attention. Knowing where to access the information and how to interpret the data is important in your ability to use the data to its best advantage. Read more

Why cheese sales potential to China is mind-boggling

Mon, 11/28/2011

Average consumption is currently 3 ounces per year. In the U.S. it’s 32 pounds.

You’ve probably heard the phrase many times: “Anything times 1.34 billion is a very big number.”

It’s referring, of course, to the population of China. The point it makes is the gigantic sales potential that China represents for any product that scratches out even a tiny fraction of market share. Read more

Dairy producers: Make your concern known

Fri, 11/25/2011

December 1 marks the end of the comment period on the United States Department of Labor’s child labor regulation revisions.

”boyFor those of us who grew up on dairy farms, working alongside our family came naturally. What was once common practice, though, is being threatened.

As we noted in our blogs, Stop U.S. Labor Department from laying off our kids and Proposed child labor revisions impact family partnerships, too, the revisions that USDOL is proposing will have a significant impact on how we, as dairy farmers have operated and taught our children for generations. Read more

A different skinny on fat

Fri, 11/25/2011

Nonfat is a feeding fad that isn’t necessarily good for you.

Jack Sprat was trendy far ahead of his time, but he may have been wrong about his diet. Read more

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