HD Notebook

Collegiate dairy judging contest a close finish

Tue, 10/04/2011

Cornell takes home collegiate judging honors after the tie with Virginia Tech is broken. Carissa Levash from UW-Madison top individual.

The 91st annual Collegiate Judging contest in Madison, Wisconsin was a battle until the end. The two teams, Cornell and Virginia Tech, after results were calculated, were tied with a score of 2,485 points. The tie was broken by the teams reasons scores, with Cornell pulling out ahead. The team, Matthew Sharpe, Tyler Reynolds, Kelly Lee, and Richard Hall, was coached by David Galton. All four team members also received All-American honors.

Above: Caitlin Durow, University of Minnesota, High Reasons
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Post-Secondary Awards Lean West

Tue, 10/04/2011

Modesto Junior College (MJC) took home the team overall title for the Post-Secondary Dairy Judging Contest. Rocco Cunningham of MJC was first place individual.

The top awards in the Post-Secondary Dairy Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo both went to Modesto Junior College, the individual award going to Rocco Cunningham. Read more

4-H Dairy judging honors return to New York

Tue, 10/04/2011

After a 13 year hiatus (last contest win in 1998), the New York 4-H Dairy Judging team claimed top honors in the Dairy Cattle Judging Contest. The team, coached by Doug Waterman, placed first out of the 30 teams that competed in the competition. Team members included Andrew Reynolds, Cassandra Sapp, Emma Andrew, and Meghan Vaill.

Rounding out the top five were Michigan (5), Maryland (4), Wisconsin (3), and Pennsylvania (2).

The contests top five individuals were Michael Rush (PA), Nicholas Schuster (WI), Andrew Reynolds (NY), Austen Schmidt (WI), and Andrew Kern of Minnesota with a winning score of 679.

New York also took top honors in oral reasons, with Wisconsin close behind. Read more

Three-times-a-day calf feeding gaining popularity

Fri, 09/30/2011

Study finds 1 in 7 calf raisers feeds 3x some of the year

Feeding dairy calves three times per day (3x) rather than two is quickly rising in popularity, according to results of a recent nationwide survey. It’s a practice that benefits both calves and their owners.

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Proposed child labor revisions impact family partnerships, too

Thu, 09/29/2011

lawn boy on farm

Updates to the child labor laws could have unintended consequences; some producers may unknowingly break the law.

Anti-ag front groups are at it again

Wed, 09/28/2011


The latest ploy for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) funded group, is an anticheese billboard near Lambeau Field.

Internships open the doors to future careers

Tue, 09/27/2011

Hoard’s Dairyman has been offering its summer editorial internship program for 23 years. Three of our current editors were editorial interns at Hoard’s.

Top 10 grain-handling and bin management tips

Mon, 09/26/2011

grain bin

In grain handling, safety is number one. But, after that, there are some strategies that can keep your grain bin as a retainer of profit.

High cull cow prices should continue in 2012

Fri, 09/23/2011

Bad outlook for beef industry is good news for dairy farmers.


Severe drought and record high corn prices have made 2011 a nightmare for beef producers in Texas and surrounding states. One result, though, is the value of cull dairy cows has soared to levels milk producers never dreamed of. Read more

NMPF approves a revised approach to dairy policy reforms

Thu, 09/22/2011

Farmers could opt in or out of dairy price stabilization efforts.

After listening to nearly 1,300 dairy producers in a dozen-city swing this summer, the National Milk Producers Federation’s board of directors approved some changes to their Foundation for the Future proposal on September 21. Read more

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