HD Notebook

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

Many vets headed to Albuquerque

Thu, 08/26/2010

Nearly 2,000 people associated in some way with bovine veterinary medicine headed to Albuquerque, N.M., last week despite the promise of midday temps approaching 100 degrees or more. The occasion was the 43rd annual conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. Read more

Fortified milk can counteract childhood malnutrition

Tue, 08/24/2010

Fortifying milk with zinc and iron has been linked to improved childhood development. A study done by scientists from Johns Hopkins University and Annamalai University in India suggests that milk fortified with micronutrients can be an effective tool for alleviating nutritional deficiencies among many young children. Read more

Corn dry-down concerns for a wetter year

Tue, 08/24/2010

There is a lot of concern about dry-down rates of the forage and grain in this year's corn silage crop, according to Joe Lauer, corn agronomist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Some people are concerned that the grain will get too hard and be drier than stover when harvested and placed into storage. Read more

New Genomics tests now available

Mon, 08/23/2010

Two new genomic tests just hit the market. Not only can Holstein breeders test females on the traditional 50K test, but they can also use the just released 3K SNP (single-nucleotide polymorphism) and the 800K (HD) test. Meanwhile, the American Jersey Cattle Association also released the 3K chip to breeders. Read more

Hoard's Dairyman Bull List is ready to download

Fri, 08/20/2010

The August sire evaluations are ready for your review. We have created lists for all seven breeds. In the Holsteins, the Top 100 bulls for Net Merit are listed. Read more

Milk quality improved again in 2009

Thu, 08/19/2010

2009 was an awful year for producer milk prices, but another good one for milk quality.

According to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, average bulk tank somatic cell count (BTSCC) for milk in the U.S. improved significantly in 2009 for the second year in a row. Read more

July milk jumps 3 percent

Wed, 08/18/2010

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Released this afternoon, July milk from the 23 major dairy states was up 3 percent from July 2009 totaling 15.2 billion pounds from 8.37 million head. That gain is 2.9 percent higher than June totals. The national herd from these states was 8.37 million head, 26,000 fewer than July 2009 but 19,000 more milk cows than last month. Read more

Hoard's Dairyman Editorial Internship

Tue, 08/17/2010

As the Hoard’s Dairyman editorial intern, you have the opportunity to dabble in many aspects of the dairy and publishing worlds. From being a regular contributor to the magazine, to visiting dairies around the country, and spending a day with the marketing department, the internship allows you to see the steps needed to get Hoard’s Dairyman delivered to your mailbox. Read more

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