HD Notebook

Raw milk: Consumer lives are at risk

Fri, 04/02/2010

It ought to be an old saying by now: Consumers have the right to make choices, but expect some of them to be dangerous or stupid. In the case of raw milk, they're getting both. Read more

Both corn and bean acreage could be up

Thu, 04/01/2010

Farmers plan to plant a record 78.1 million acres of soybeans this year, according to the Prospective Plantings report released by USDA yesterday. That would be a 1 percent jump in bean acres. Read more

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Wed, 03/31/2010

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The raw milk battle heats up

Wed, 03/31/2010

The Food and Drug Administration released a special warning late last week reminding consumers to forgo any consumption of raw milk. Read more

Hoard's visits with DMI board member Steve Maddox

Tue, 03/30/2010

We recently sat down with Steve Maddox of Riverdale, Calif., to visit with him about some of the current initiatives of your checkoff dollars. Maddox currently serves on the national DMI (Dairy Management, Incorporated — the umbrella organization of the checkoff) board. Read more

World Dairy Expo Announces 2010 Honorees

Mon, 03/29/2010

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How to lose the argument on animal welfare

Fri, 03/26/2010

All of us who make our living with livestock are strongly biased on the subject of animal welfare. Unfortunately, it’s a bias that can be our own worst enemy when we debate the topic with someone we disagree with. Read more

Price prospects, policy dilemmas cloud DFA meeting

Thu, 03/25/2010

Co-op business sort of took a backseat to current concerns when about 1,200 people gathered for Dairy Farmers of America annual meeting this week in Kansas City. In short, the co-op had net savings (earnings) of $65.6 million in 2009, and all business units of the co-op were profitable. (See our April 25, 2010, issue for more on DFA activity and the annual meeting. Read more

Our future in yogurt

Wed, 03/24/2010

Consumer demand for dairy products slid last year — commercial disappearance was down 1.2 percent. While this may be disappointing to hear, there is one product category that is making plans for serious growth in the U.S. market: yogurt. Read more

Challenge daughters lead Hoard Farm 2-year-olds

Tue, 02/23/2010

On Monday, March 15, American Guernsey Association executive secretary, Seth Johnson, was at the Hoard's Dairyman Farm to appraise the Hoard Guernsey herd. Scoring began at 6 a.m. and continued during the ensuing day, Johnson evaluated 64 2-year-olds that received their first-ever score. The 64 first-score cows averaged 79.03 for final score, 80.56 on udders, and 80.17 on feet and legs. Read more

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