HD Notebook

Arizona immigration law: no effect on dairies so far

Fri, 04/30/2010

The firestorm of public opinion that has erupted since Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed her state’s controversial new immigration law a week ago appears to be occurring everywhere but in Arizona. Read more

Making the corn crop wager at the Hoard Farm

Thu, 04/29/2010

Trying to guess the corn market in the months ahead was among the topics when the financial management team for the Hoard's Dairyman Farm met yesterday. The good news was that our cows just finished eating up the $4.69 per bushel corn that we had contracted for over a year ago. When corn was between $6 and $7, booking corn at $4.69 seemed like a good idea. And, of course, it might have been. Read more

Genomics rapidly evolving; unanswered questions remain

Wed, 04/28/2010

The latest USDA genetic evaluations ushered in numerous changes just three months after January's major base change. Among them were imputed female evaluations and cow evaluation adjustments which put genomically tested female evaluations on a more even playing field with genomically tested male counterparts. Read more

Lessons learned from digester dairies

Tue, 04/27/2010

Green Bay, Wis., is the site of the 5th national AgSTAR conference. For those of you unfamiliar with AgSTAR, it is a joint program between the EPA, USDA, and the U.S. Department of Energy aimed at encouraging the use of methane recovery systems on America's farms. Read more

USDA announces new initiative to improve agricultural energy efficiency

Mon, 04/26/2010

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that $2 million will be made available to dairy, beef, poultry, and swine producers for energy evaluations. The new agriculture energy conservation and efficiency initiative, announced in conjunction with a meeting of the Innovation Center for U.S. Read more

Cow with gas mask irks Californians

Sat, 04/24/2010

People in the California dairy industry were understandably upset when it was discovered that there was a large model cow wearing a gas mask in an exhibit at the Monterey Bay Acquarium. According to Western United Dairymen's newsletter, Weekly Update, WUD field rep Dennis Miguel visited the exhibit and reported what he saw. Read more

Another California cow courtship is underway

Fri, 04/23/2010

Big dairies are big business, so big that it only takes a few of them to have a huge financial impact on an area’s economy. Read more

Milk production was up again

Thu, 04/22/2010

There was a 0.9 percent rise in milk production during March in the top 23 dairy states, according to USDA's Milk Production report released earlier this week. That was the second month in a row that milk production was above year-earlier levels despite the cost-price squeeze that's affecting dairy operations across the nation. Read more

Training our industry's leaders

Tue, 04/20/2010

Advocacy for the dairy industry and agriculture isn't always easy. It takes courage to stand up to what might not be the popular majority. But, one program for dairy industry enthusiasts is teaching the skills necessary to become a positive advocate for our way of life. Read more

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

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