HD Notebook

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

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

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