HD Notebook

Stainless Steel troughs and chlorine bleach fight Johne’s

Wed, 07/28/2010

A couple tablespoons of bleach and stainless steel water troughs could be your next arsenal in the fight against Johne’s disease. That’s the conclusion from Kim Cook, a USDA Agricultural Research Service microbiologist at the agency’s Animal Waste Management Research Unit in Bowling Green, Ky. Read more

Saving the world one slice of cheese at a time

Tue, 07/27/2010

They don’t wear capes or have super powers, but little brown cows are helping save the world. Seriously. Here’s how the dots are connected: Read more

Three reports shape milk price picture

Mon, 07/26/2010

In the past few days, three key reports have been released that provide some insight into what's ahead for dairy markets. They are last Wednesday's Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook from USDA's Economic Research Service, Thursday's NASS report Cold Storage, and Friday's NASS report, Cattle. Read more

June milk production up sharply

Fri, 07/23/2010

Taking the nation as a whole, milk production was up 2.4 in June compared to a year earlier. In the top 23 states, milk output was up 2.7 percent. Milk production has been on the rise since February, but the size of June's jump was unexpected. Read more

Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture dies unexpectedly

Thu, 07/22/2010

Wisconsin agriculture lost a dedicated leader and advocate on Wednesday, July 21, when Rod Nilsestuen, the state's ag secretary, passed away unexpectedly. Nilsestuen drowned in Lake Superior while in Marquette, Mich., during a vacation trip to volunteer with his church for Habitat for Humanity. Rod and his wife, Carol, lived in De Forest, Wis., where for the past 13 years they led interdenominational Habitat for Humanity teams and were active in a number of youth, church, and school programs. Read more

So simple, but not easy

Wed, 07/21/2010

The job of the milker to keep teats clean and dry to prevent infection is a daily battle on every farm; yet the task is simple in thought. Today at the Hoard’s Dairyman Farm, a Hispanic milker training was held to relay that message in a way attendees could understand thoroughly. The event was organized by Vita Plus. Read more

Canadian dairy producers set a world record

Tue, 07/20/2010

Dairy Farmers of Canada, partnering with Canadian processors from across the country, announced it officially set a new world record. On July 8, 2010, they broke the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest smoothie at the Bust-a-Record Dairy Day celebration held in Toronto, Canada.

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Reading the latest CWT tea leaves

Mon, 07/19/2010

Now that the dust is settling a week after results of the 10th and most recent Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) Herd Retirement were announced, let’s look at what they might say about dairy producers and the state of dairying. Read more

Last direct Hoard relative to work for the company passes away

Fri, 07/16/2010

For over 40 years, Mark "Bud" Kerschensteiner diligently worked for the company that his great grandfather, Governor William Dempster Hoard, founded in 1870. With his passing, an era comes to a close, as Kerschensteiner was the last direct relative to work for Hoard's Dairyman and the W.D. Hoard and Sons Company. Read more

It finished with a poem

Thu, 07/15/2010

Several hundred friends came out to pay their respects to the late Dr. David Dickson on July 14. Some great tributes and stories were told by those attending the event. At the conclusion of the memorial service, Dickson's sister, Linda Sorstokke, shared a poem that hung on his wall discussing those who judged dairy shows. It is believed that Dickson wrote it himself.

It goes like this . . . Read more

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