HD Notebook

Milk quality improved again in 2009

Thu, 08/19/2010

2009 was an awful year for producer milk prices, but another good one for milk quality.

According to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, average bulk tank somatic cell count (BTSCC) for milk in the U.S. improved significantly in 2009 for the second year in a row. Read more

July milk jumps 3 percent

Wed, 08/18/2010

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Released this afternoon, July milk from the 23 major dairy states was up 3 percent from July 2009 totaling 15.2 billion pounds from 8.37 million head. That gain is 2.9 percent higher than June totals. The national herd from these states was 8.37 million head, 26,000 fewer than July 2009 but 19,000 more milk cows than last month. Read more

Hoard's Dairyman Editorial Internship

Tue, 08/17/2010

As the Hoard’s Dairyman editorial intern, you have the opportunity to dabble in many aspects of the dairy and publishing worlds. From being a regular contributor to the magazine, to visiting dairies around the country, and spending a day with the marketing department, the internship allows you to see the steps needed to get Hoard’s Dairyman delivered to your mailbox. Read more

Ag overtime bill vetoed in California

Mon, 08/16/2010

A bill that would have set a national precedent by reducing the number of hours California farm employees must work in order to qualify for overtime pay has been vetoed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Read more

Record corn and bean crops forecast, but use up, too

Fri, 08/13/2010

Corn production is forecast at a record high 13.4 billion bushels, up 2 percent from the previous record set in 2009, according to USDA's Crop Production report issued yesterday. Based on conditions as of August 1, yields are expected to average a record-high 165.0 bushels per acre, up 0.3 bushel from last year’s record of 164.7. Read more

Temple Grandin the movie, now on DVD

Thu, 08/12/2010

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Ready for the farm show: Do you have a "short list" ready?

Wed, 08/11/2010

Under the summer sun is a popular place to showcase the latest corn hybrids, new equipment, and the latest technologies at annual farm shows. One for example, Empire Farm Days, the largest outdoor farm show in the Northeast, is being held this week in Seneca Falls, N.Y. Read more

Snacking, a golden opportunity for the dairy industry

Tue, 08/10/2010

The dairy industry has a lot of catching up to do in the snack world. Dairy products accounted for less than 3 percent of the $93.5 billion dollars spent on snack foods in 2009. Snacking: Identifying a World of Opportunities for Dairy was published by Dairy Management, Inc., earlier this year. Read more

Hoard 2-year-olds up nearly one point

Mon, 08/09/2010

Late last month, the entire Hoard Guernsey herd was appraised as part of June's scheduled rotation in Wisconsin. The youngest cow to receive a score was Dairyman Ben Neater, #1167. She calved on May 31 and will not reach her second birthday until September 19. She is a well-grown heifer that scored VG-82, with an 80-point udder, and an 87-point foot and leg. Read more

Dairies were awash in red ink in 2009

Fri, 08/06/2010

How deep a financial hole did milk producers dig in 2009? It was “Lassie, go get help!” deep.

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