HD Notebook

Top dairy reproduction research to be presented this November

Wed, 09/14/2011

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DCRC’s two-day meeting gives us a chance to learn from top researchers and producers.

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What are your dairy challenges?

Tue, 09/13/2011

Dairy operations are as varied as the people who own them.

Various factors contribute to each herd’s success and challenges – financial footing, labor, feedstuff availability, weather, and family dynamics. Each operation must assess its current status and make decisions that are the best fit for them today and in the future. These may not be the ideal option for their neighbor. Read more

September 11 and dairy farming

Mon, 09/12/2011

Many lives have changed greatly since that fateful day.

We watched the September 11 special on the History Channel last night, “102 minutes that changed America.” It was moving, to say the least. Read more

Western milk production costs dropped in 2010

Fri, 09/09/2011

Milk prices were up, feed was down, and dairies were profitable once again


Battered and bruised, but also leaner and wiser, most large Western dairy farms made a profit in 2010. It was a much-needed turnaround from the financial disaster a year before.

According to income and cost summaries from Genske, Mulder & Co. LLP, the nation’s largest dairy accounting firm, profits were generally good, but not spectacular.

Average profit per cow for all of the firm’s clients was $279. It was a crucial turnaround from the $655 loss suffered the previous year and an important first step toward rebuilding lost equity. But a few more years like it are needed for milk producers to recoup all of their losses. Read more

Be thankful for a dairy infrastructure

Thu, 09/08/2011

For some dairymen a stable dairy infrastructure is a luxury they don’t have.

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“Useless majors” aren’t so useless

Wed, 09/07/2011


The Daily Beast (www.thedailybeast.com), an online news site which merged with Newsweek this year, printed their list of the "20 Most Useless College Majors." Let’s just say, we don’t think they nailed it.

Perception of dairy as “bigger is better” has some merit

Tue, 09/06/2011

A report was published in the August 2011 Journal of Dairy Science that found milk produced on large-scale dairies had lower levels of bacteria than milk produced at smaller ones, although all of the dairies met Grade A requirements.

Steve Ingham, food science professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, was the lead researcher and is now a food safety administrator with the state. Read more

Manure composting: Great benefits don’t come easy

Fri, 09/02/2011

Cash, convenience, compliance and perception are reasons why dairies should consider doing it.

U.K. enhances milk promotion campaign

Thu, 09/01/2011

The newest element of the “make mine Milk” campaign includes notable athletes sharing why they choose to drink milk.

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Wild ruminants burp methane, too

Wed, 08/31/2011

IN NORTH America, there are many native ruminants, that is, herbivore animals white-tailed deerwith a complex digestive system, a major compartment of which is the rumen. Read more

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