HD Notebook

U.S. March milk output up 2.2 percent

Thu, 04/21/2011

Milk production continues to climb. Across all 50 states, milk production in March was up 2.2 percent over last year. Milk production has been above the previous year’s level for 13 months in a row. Read more

Dairy exports running strong

Wed, 04/20/2011

The value of dairy products exported during January and February totaled nearly $675 million, up 52 percent from the same two months a year ago. Mexico was the largest buyer, by far, importing $143 million worth of dairy products, a 34 percent rise from January and February of 2010. Read more

Health is definitely a key “H” in 4-H

Tue, 04/19/2011

We are very familiar with the four H’s: (head, heart, hands, and health) in the 4-H pledge. But now the “health for better living” holds even more meaning. Read more

The ABCs for College: Activities, Business internships, Connections

Mon, 04/18/2011

With the end of the school year rapidly approaching, college is beckoning for many students. A new location, new routine, and new people can make college quite an adjustment. We asked a few students for their advice to incoming freshman so they can make a smooth transition to college. Read more

With calves, less can sometimes be more

Fri, 04/15/2011

Scott Nordstrom, D.V.M., has seen it happen over and over: He cuts the number of vaccinations calves receive and then watches them do better.

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What the 2011 budget compromise means to ag

Thu, 04/14/2011

At almost the 11th hour, a budget compromise last Friday averted a threatened shutdown of federal government functions. Even though the shutdown was averted, it had some impact. For example, the first Senate ag committee field hearing on the 2012 Farm Bill to be held in Michigan last Saturday was cancelled. Read more

A different opinion on dairy policy reform

Wed, 04/13/2011

Last week’s Cooperative Network Dairy Directors and Leadership Conference slides are now posted. We did mention the Minneapolis Federal Reserve bank’s economic outlook last week: http://www.hoards.com/blog_economic_outlook801. Read more

Frost seeding clover into wheat shows promise

Tue, 04/12/2011

After reading research from their local University of Wisconsin-Extension agent based in Winnebago County, Pete and Charlie Knigge decided to give frost seeding red clover into winter wheat a try. Last year, they added 10 pounds of red clover seed per acre when they applied urea in the spring. Urea was applied at 150 pounds per acre. Read more

Hoard's Dairyman Bull List is ready to download

Mon, 04/11/2011

The April sire evaluations are ready for your review. We have created lists for all seven breeds. In the Holsteins, the Top 100 bulls for Net Merit are listed. All bulls must be in the top 40 percentile for Net Merit to be listed in the top lists for Fluid Merit, Cheese Merit, udders, feet and legs, productive life, somatic cell score, pregnancy rate, conception rate, and sire calving ease. Read more

California producers debate Foundation for the Future

Fri, 04/08/2011

If the large and attentive crowd that turned out in Visalia, Calif., on Tuesday to discuss the “Foundation for the Future” (FFTF) dairy policy proposal by National Milk Producers Federation reflected anything, it is how elusive unity and consensus remain within the industry. Read more

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