HD Notebook

Dairy financing conference in California

Fri, 02/04/2011

Think of it as a clear sign of just how different these post-2009 meltdown financial times are for Western milk producers: A day-long conference to help dairy owners develop and improve relationships with lenders and suppliers will be held February 22 in Visalia, Calif. Read more

Milk futures reach lofty levels

Thu, 02/03/2011

Class III futures really took off last week with March climbing to $17.44 and April moving up to $17.10 by last Friday. The momentum continued Monday, as March was up 75 cents to $18.19. April jumped 59 cents to $17.69, and May moved up 50 cents to $17.25. Read more

If it looks too good to be true . . .

Wed, 02/02/2011

The recent runup in 2011 Class III milk price futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange has brought both relief and a euphoria to the nation’s milk producers. But, as we’ve said before, as prices have climbed we’ve become increasingly wary. Here are more reasons why: Read more

Cow Judging Contest – A lesson in communication

Tue, 02/01/2011

It is early February and we are just about at the half-way point in the 81st Hoard’s Dairyman Cow Judging Contest. So far in 2011, you have seen the Brown Swiss and Holstein classes on our January issue covers, with the Guernsey class due to arrive next week. Read more

Roundup Ready Alfalfa now for sale

Mon, 01/31/2011

Late last week, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) granted nonregulated status for alfalfa that has been genetically engineered to be resistant to the herbicide commercially known as Roundup. That means producers are free to plant the crop this spring. Alfalfa is the nation’s fourth-largest field crop. It is grown on about 20 million acres. Read more

From Confinement to Grazing

Fri, 01/28/2011

Like many of us in the dairy business, our roots are planted deep in history. Not only did Dad grow up on a dairy farm and milk cows daily, but so did Grandpa. That story was true for Bill Payne of Knob Lick Farm in Lincoln County, Ky, but after evaluating the goals of his future along with the challenges of their farm — he decided to stick with dairy, but go in a new direction. Read more

Cell count limits; milk antibiotic testing highlight 50th NMC meeting

Thu, 01/27/2011

Meeting in Arlington, Va., near the nation’s capital, the 50th Annual Meeting of the National Mastitis Council was both festive and productive. There was plenty of fun and reminiscing sprinkled amid the science-based, roll-up-your sleeves agenda that has been a trademark of that unique organization. Read more

The four milk quality myths of Southern dairy farming

Wed, 01/26/2011

It must be a busy week for dairy meetings. Read more

Stop learning is to stop living

Tue, 01/25/2011

As people get older, some believe that they have learned all they need to know and forego any further education, whether formal or informal. And with the hectic lives that dairy producers lead, many focus their time on completing the daily tasks at hand and don’t ponder expanding their knowledge in a classroom or at a conference. But, as some say, if you stop learning, you really stop living. Read more

World demand for dairy keeps growing

Mon, 01/24/2011

“There’s a love affair with dairy around the globe,” said International Dairy Foods Association’s Chief Executive Office, Connie Tipton at the 26th annual Dairy Forum in Miami, Fla., on Monday, January 24. Read more

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