HD Notebook

The chocolate milk talk just won’t die

Wed, 06/22/2011

We’ve talked about it before (see our blog, Wars we wage in dairy and agriculture and our editorial from the June 2011 issue, Keep chocolate milk in schools), but, like heat in the summer, the issue of what to do about chocolate milk just won’t go away. Read more

Dairying Down Under: Tasmania’s Dairy Industry

Tue, 06/21/2011

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FFA kicks off its annual Washington Leadership Conference

Mon, 06/20/2011

The FFA is one of the nation’s premier youth organizations and agriculture is blessed to have the organization training future leaders in our industry. The Washington Leadership Conference, one of the FFA's cornerstone programs, kicked off its annual series earlier this month. Read more

We cannot ignore immigration reform

Sat, 06/18/2011

The arrest of several undocumented workers at a Colorado dairy farm almost two weeks ago and similar events in recent years has brought the issue of labor to the forefront in the dairy industry. Politicians have also been paying attention to the issue of undocumented workers and immigration reform, and related legislation is being pushed in many states including Arizona, Utah, and Georgia. Read more

Temperatures rising; so are milk prices

Fri, 06/17/2011

Summer starts next week, but milk prices are already sizzling… much to our continued pleasant surprise.

Throughout January, February, and March we watched with some dismay as Class III price futures jumped at the CME for virtually all months during 2011, projecting out to an annual average in the low-$16-per-hundredweight range in mid-January. Read more

Dairy exports above historical levels

Thu, 06/16/2011

U.S. dairy exports are on the upswing, according to the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service’s Summary of U.S. Dairy Exports released June 9, 2011. During the February to April 2011 time period, exports of dry ingredients (milk powder, whey, lactose), cheese, and butterfat were 394,581 tons. Read more

It is STILL June Dairy Month!

Wed, 06/15/2011

Most June dairy celebrations have come and gone, but June Dairy Month still has 15 days to go. Are you finding ways to celebrate, educate, or at least partake in three servings of dairy each day? Read more

Heat Stress: 65 is the new 72

Tue, 06/14/2011

When summer arrives, we know how warm and uncomfortable we can become. We look forward to the shade of a big oak tree, a chance to have lunch in an air-conditioned home, or the feel of the breeze on our face as we drive a fast-moving tractor in the open air. Dairy cattle also feel the heat but rely on us to make them more comfortable. Read more

Phosphorus deserves our attention

Mon, 06/13/2011

It may be an essential nutrient for growing crops, but phosphorus (P) can wreak havoc when it flows to noncropping areas like streams, rivers, and lakes. Once in waterways, it can lead to algal blooms.
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Somatic Cell Count Tools Available

Sat, 06/11/2011

Lowering the somatic cell count (SCC) limit has received a lot of press lately, but reducing SCC has many benefits for dairy producers regardless of regulations. Higher premiums and improved cow health are just a few of the advantages. So, what are some of the best ways to reach a lower SCC? Read more

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