HD Notebook

Accurate Records: Links in the Dairy Food Chain

Tue, 08/09/2011

Responsible antibiotic use is everyone’s responsibility.

The veterinarian, herd owner, and employees handling medications all need to be aware of the guidelines and rules involving antibiotic treatments for dairy cattle and have accurate records. Read more

Help recognize milk quality’s shining stars

Mon, 08/08/2011

The National Dairy Quality Awards strive to recognize the best in quality milk production.

Do you know a dairy producer who deserves to be recognized for outstanding milk quality? Read more

When working with dairy bulls, be vigilant

Sat, 08/06/2011

Whether you work with bulls every day or once a year, remember to be cautious.

We all know someone affected by an encounter with a dairy bull. These encounters don’t end well for anyone involved and could be avoided. Read more

Robotic milking is for big herds, too

Fri, 08/05/2011

Recent international installations are approaching 1,000 cows

Robotic milking hasn’t taken off in the U.S. yet, but just wait. And don’t think it is just for small herds. Two recently announced very different projects in Europe have capacities that are close to, or right at, 1,000 cows each.

Individual voluntary milking stall robots have been around for over 20 years, but can only handle 60 to 70 cows per day. Smaller dairies are attracted to them, which is why most installations have just one or two units. Bigger dairies – up to 800 cows – are the focus of a new automatic milking rotary parlor technology announced last fall by DeLaval (pictured here.)

Announcements by the company in June and July point out that dairies with large herds are already adopting both technologies. Read more

Moons win McKown Master Breeder Award

Thu, 08/04/2011

Homebred Iowa Holstein herd ranks near top for type

Vernice and Dan Moon, Monona, Iowa, have been named the third Robert “Whitey” McKown Master Breeder Award winner which will be presented at the 45th World Dairy Expo. Read more

Will BST-free claims on milk be removed?

Wed, 08/03/2011

Agri-Mark cooperative is taking heat for claims in its Cabot brand. Read more

Dairy Down Under: Working with Wildlife

Tue, 08/02/2011

More adventures from the student working on a Tasmanian dairy. Here in Tasmania, I have been blessed with one-on-one contact with some of Australia’s native wildlife. I was introduced to the wallaby as it leapt in front of my car. That poor wallaby never saw what was coming. Read more

Beef sales could net you even more money

Mon, 08/01/2011

Record high cull cow prices could be enhanced further with more attention to quality.

Dairy producers have paid a great deal of attention to milk quality for a number of years. However, we have been a little slower on the uptake on beef quality when compared to our full-time, beef-producing neighbors. Read more

Head out to the fair

Sat, 07/30/2011

With hay to make, machinery to repair, and cows to keep cool, this summer’s farm work may seem never ending. What better way to take a break than to head out to the fair. Read more

Nothing soft and fluffy about cottonseed prices

Fri, 07/29/2011

We visited several dairy producers in the last few days and, of course, feed prices didn’t take long to come up. That’s entirely fitting, since all that feed prices seem to do lately is go up. What was different, though, is this time instead of corn or hay being the main topic of discussion, it was cottonseed. Read more

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