HD Notebook

Somatic cell legal limit will stay the same

Thu, 05/05/2011

Delegates to the bi-annual National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments yesterday narrowly defeated a proposal to reduce the somatic cell count (SCC) legal limit from the current 750,000 cells per milliliter of milk to 400,000 by 2014. Read more

Corn planting well behind schedule

Wed, 05/04/2011

Only 13 percent of the nation’s corn crop has been planted according to USDA’s most recent Crop Progress released May 2. This year’s cool, wet spring weather has limited farmers’ ability to work fields and plant crops especially when compared to last year’s unusually warm spring when 66 percent of the corn crop was planted at this point. Read more

Dairy Down Under

Tue, 05/03/2011

We are all familiar with the daily routine on our own farms and maybe how dairy producers in other regions of the country operate their facilities, but a select few have ventured internationally to learn more about dairy production on another continent. Read more

Lobbying for dairy: Is there a wrong way?

Mon, 05/02/2011

As we’ve said before, farmers, industry professionals, and educators need to continue lobbying for dairy as much as we can. School teachers, supermarkets, and senators alike need to be reminded of just how important dairy is to human nutrition, local economics, and the international trade balance.

But is there a wrong way to lobby for dairy?

The Watertown (N.Y.) Daily News reported this morning that two cooperative employees have contributed to the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) PAC (Political Action Committee) in March. You can read the full article here: http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20110502/NEWS02/305029981 Read more

Do BRD and feed efficiency have genetic links?

Fri, 04/29/2011

Animal scientists at Washington State University think they do and are embarking on an extensive research project with several other universities that they hope will identify genetic markers that can be used by cattle breeders to eventually “breed out” BRD traits and identify animals having greater genetic potential for feed efficiency. Read more

Animal abuse: Whose side are you on?

Thu, 04/28/2011

If you are an active online agriculturalist (or “agvocate” as it is termed in pro-agriculture Twitter and Facebook circles like #AgChat), you have probably realized that the New York Times and its associated editorial board is often more foe than friend. On Tuesday, the NYT editorial board gave another big finger shake towards animal agriculture. Read more

20 Dairy Spring Cleaning Tips

Wed, 04/27/2011

It may not seem like spring weather, but spring is here! That means it’s time to clean, replace, and check on your equipment and facilities. David Bray at the University of Florida provided several items on this checklist for your dairy farm’s spring cleaning list. Read more

Wars we wage in dairy and agriculture

Tue, 04/26/2011

Have you ever been in the middle of a huge mess or fight with no exit door? But when you think about it, you’re not exactly sure what got you into the chaos in the first place? Read more

Cool weather will slow corn germination

Mon, 04/25/2011

Under ideal conditions, corn will emerge in 10 days or less after planting. But, the cool, wet weather throughout much of the Corn Belt during April has been anything but ideal. Read more

Fame! Fortune! Forage!

Fri, 04/22/2011

Can you farm with the best of ‘em? Then let’s see it. Read more

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