HD Notebook

Accomplished dairy judging coach, David Dickson, passes away

Sat, 07/10/2010

One of the foremost authorities on dairy cattle judging passed away Friday, July 9, in Madison, Wis., after a courageous battle against cancer. During his distinguished career, David Dickson judged more shows (13 total) at World Dairy Expo than any other official. In addition, he placed dairy cattle in over 20 countries and served on the All American selection committees for all seven recognized Purebred Dairy Cattle Association breeds. He was the first American to judge the European Championship Holstein Show and the New Zealand Royal Agricultural Holstein Show. He has led judging conferences throughout the U.S. and in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Italy, Japan and Spain. During his career as the University of Wisconsin-Madison dairy cattle judging coach which officially began in 1968, Dickson led teams to seven national championships at the National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest. Perhaps more impressive, his teams won 18 team reasons titles at the national contest. Read more

Bovine TB continues to pop up

Fri, 07/09/2010

Efforts to rid the U.S. cow population of tuberculosis have been underway since 1917, when scientists developed the first accurate early detection test. After nearly a century of increasingly more diligent scrutiny and culling programs, total eradication remains elusive. Read more

CWT accepts 194 herd retirement bids

Thu, 07/08/2010

Cooperatives Working Together announced yesterday that it has tentatively accepted 194 bids as part of its latest (tenth) herd retirement. A total of 209 operations had submitted bids. The bids accepted represented 34,442 cows and 653,893,409 million pounds of milk. Read more

Do you love dairy? Prove it.

Wed, 07/07/2010

Okay, so the title may sound like a bit of a second grade playground dare. But, we do want you to take this as a challenge. Dairy Management, Inc. (check-off organization) along with its social media guide and website, myDairy, have launched the Why I Love Dairy Video Contest. Read more

Hoard Farm pregnancy rate improves by leaps and bounds

Tue, 07/06/2010

“In the summer of 2009, the Hoard Farm was on the verge of single-digit pregnancy rates,” noted Jason Yurs, Hoard’s Dairyman farm manager. Prior to the 2009 World Dairy Expo, the farm was sitting at a 10 percent pregnancy rate. Read more

Genomics garners much attention at Holstein Convention

Mon, 07/05/2010

Tom Lawlor, Holstein USA's geneticist, spoke before a near capacity crowd at the 125th gathering of the nation's Holstein breeders. Based on the crowd size, it was clear breeders still have many questions following April's genetic evaluations. Read more

Beef supply at 5-year low

Fri, 07/02/2010

In addition to milk, dairies are also constant producers of beef. This is a huge reason why USDA’s latest monthly Cold Storage report should factor into their summer management plans. Read more

Financials: better but not good

Thu, 07/01/2010

Last winter, things were looking up milk price wise, but rising milk production, sluggish demand, and climbing dairy product inventories caught up with us. Now, it looks like 2010 is going to be better financially for many operations but still is not going to be good. Read more

Hoard Jerseys see the appraiser

Wed, 06/30/2010

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Getting hooked on Minnesota: 2010 National Holstein Convention

Wed, 06/30/2010

Bloomington, Minn., is the site of this year's National Holstein Convention. Excellent weather welcomed Holstein breeders and juniors from across the country. Read more

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