HD Notebook

Embryo and semen thief on the loose

Mon, 04/19/2010

If continued low milk prices weren't depressing enough, there is now an embryo and semen thief in our midst. Based on information that Hoard's Dairyman has learned from four of the five victims, the thief or thieves know exactly what they are looking for — high-priced semen and embryos. Read more

Eye-popping beef prices should last a while

Fri, 04/16/2010

They’re black and white (or brown) on the outside, but these days there’s also a golden glow to cull dairy cows. Read more

Midwest policy positions vary widely

Thu, 04/15/2010

Interest in some type of policy to control milk production or manage milk supply growth continues to gather steam. Even some people and some organizations that have been categorically opposed to the concept at least are keeping a more open mind. Read more

McDonald's board urges "no" on HSUS and PETA proposals

Wed, 04/14/2010

Walmart, Wendy's, Burger King, and Subway have all jumped on the cage-free egg bandwagon. Each of these food retailers has made some sort of commitment to providing food products made with eggs from chickens not raised in cages. In fact, making the boldest move of them all, Subway is now implementing a plan to go completely cage-free. But the golden arches won't jump off that cliff because everyone else has — on Friday their board of directors recommended that company shareholders vote against a proposal that would require 5 percent of the chain's eggs to be cage-free.

“As we have examined this issue over the years, we have deter­mined that there is no agreement in the global scientific com­munity about how to balance the advantages and disadvantages of laying hen housing systems,” was the statement from the board. Read more

Cal Poly, Cornell, Ohio, and UW-Madison take home top honors at Dairy Challenge

Tue, 04/13/2010

America's top dairy county was host to 30 teams from Universities across North America last week at the annual North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge. In the end it was the home-field advantage Cal Poly along with Cornell, Ohio, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison that were honored with top platinum awards and are shown in the photo Read more

Over $40,000 in scholarships available from National Dairy Shrine

Mon, 04/12/2010

The National Dairy Shrine is again looking for applications for its annual awarding of scholarships. Applications must be completed by May 1, 2010. Official scholarship application award forms are available on the NDS website, www.dairyshrine.org. Available scholarships include: Read more

Dairy exports pipeline flowing again, but risk remains

Fri, 04/09/2010

Anyone who milks cows wants demand for their milk, and the more the better. But as producers saw all too painfully in 2008-09, expanding to meet that demand comes with risk. Recent news from the U.S. Dairy Export Council is encouraging for dairy producers – and a reason to be cautious. Read more

National Ag Day Essay Winner!

Wed, 04/07/2010

The 37th annual National Ag Day was held throughout the country on March 20 to celebrate the importance of agriculture in our country. As part of the celebration, seventh through twelfth grade students across the country were encouraged to write a 450-word essay based on this year's topic: American Agriculture — Abundant, Affordable, Amazing. Read more

Dairy icon, Jim Cavanaugh, passes away

Tue, 04/06/2010

Jim CavanaughOne of the most successful leaders of the purebred dairy cattle industry passed away April 6 just eight days shy of his 93rd birthday. James F. Cavanaugh joined the American Jersey Cattle Association in 1947 and went on to become the longest-serving executive secretary in Association history, heading the organization from 1956 to 1985. Under his leadership, Cavanaugh helped guide the 1953 purchase of the Jersey Journal, the 1957 formation of National All-Jersey, the 1967 creation of the AJCC Research Foundation, and the 1971 addition of the Jersey Marketing Service. Truly a pioneer, Cavanaugh pioneered the adoption of the USDA sire summary for recognition of bulls and was a vigorous campaigner against using minus bulls. Additionally, he was a vocal supporter of the multiple component pricing movement. Read more

Nominations being accepted for top repro herds

Mon, 04/05/2010

The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) is now accepting applications for the 2010 National Reproduction Awards. The one-page nomination form must be submitted by May 3 to be eligible for the awards program. The National Reproduction Awards were started last year to honor dairy producers who have implemented management procedures and protocols to achieve high reproductive efficiency. Read more

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