HD Notebook

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

Last year's price drop had big dollar impact

Thu, 05/06/2010

There was a 30 percent drop in the value of milk marketed by dairy farmers last year, according to the USDA-NASS publication, Milk Production, Disposition, and Income released last week. That was a drop of more than $10.5 billion. The value of milk and cream sold in 2008 was $34.85 billion. The number for 2009 was $24.34 billion. Read more

Domino's Pizza sales soar with new recipe

Wed, 05/05/2010

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Back to the farm

Mon, 05/03/2010

We're hearing about more and more young adults heading back to the farm. No doubt dairy's economic woes in recent years were on their mind. However, there is just something about working with cows and family every day and seeing the family farm continue its legacy. Read more

Interactive product search now available

Mon, 05/03/2010

World Dairy Expo just launched an interactive tool on its website that allows users to search for exhibitors by product category, keyword, or even booth location. The search feature allows dairy enthusiasts to search through the 750-plus trade show participants that exhibit at the show. Among the many options are: Read more

Arizona immigration law: no effect on dairies so far

Fri, 04/30/2010

The firestorm of public opinion that has erupted since Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed her state’s controversial new immigration law a week ago appears to be occurring everywhere but in Arizona. Read more

Making the corn crop wager at the Hoard Farm

Thu, 04/29/2010

Trying to guess the corn market in the months ahead was among the topics when the financial management team for the Hoard's Dairyman Farm met yesterday. The good news was that our cows just finished eating up the $4.69 per bushel corn that we had contracted for over a year ago. When corn was between $6 and $7, booking corn at $4.69 seemed like a good idea. And, of course, it might have been. Read more

Genomics rapidly evolving; unanswered questions remain

Wed, 04/28/2010

The latest USDA genetic evaluations ushered in numerous changes just three months after January's major base change. Among them were imputed female evaluations and cow evaluation adjustments which put genomically tested female evaluations on a more even playing field with genomically tested male counterparts. Read more

Lessons learned from digester dairies

Tue, 04/27/2010

Green Bay, Wis., is the site of the 5th national AgSTAR conference. For those of you unfamiliar with AgSTAR, it is a joint program between the EPA, USDA, and the U.S. Department of Energy aimed at encouraging the use of methane recovery systems on America's farms. Read more

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