HD Notebook

Dairy consumption numbers look good

Thu, 09/09/2010

Recently released dairy product consumption figures for 2009 are encouraging. Looking at consumption on a per-person or per-capita basis always is informative, because that accounts for changes in the population. Last year, there was per-capita growth in consumption of all products on a milk-equivalent, milk-fat basis. The total was 611 pounds per person, highest in many decades. Read more

21 Knights until World Dairy Expo

Tue, 09/07/2010

For some, that day cannot come quickly enough. For others, there is simply not enough time. World Dairy Expo is the event that so many producers, cattle owners, allied industry representatives, and young adults anticipate all year. "Crowning Achievements - Golden Opportunities" is aptly themed for this year’s World Dairy Expo and is especially true of the youth dairy judging contest. Read more

We’re seeing signs of optimism out West

Fri, 09/03/2010

The deep financial cuts suffered by Western dairy producers last year still have a long way to go before they heal, but attitudes out there really do seem to be getting better.

In recent weeks, we’ve visited producers in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. No one is close to doing cartwheels, but at least some optimism has crept back into their attitudes. It’s an important start. Read more

Milk supply will offset export demand and domestic use

Thu, 09/02/2010

The most current USDA forecast continues the trend of lower cow numbers that has been more than offset by higher output per cow in 2010. Output per cow is expected to rise by 2.5 percent compared with 2009, pushing current-year production to 192 billion pounds. Read more

Brian Krull - Words of Remembrance

Wed, 09/01/2010

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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

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