HD Notebook

What's your share of the retail food dollar?

Tue, 06/01/2010

According to current USDA estimates, 80 cents of every food dollar spent in the United States goes to off farm costs, including marketing, processing, wholesaling, and distribution. This leaves a mere 20 cents of every food dollar to return to the farmer’s pocket. Read more

No difference seen in regular, organic, and BST-free milks

Fri, 05/28/2010

Despite claims and/or inferences by those who market them, yet another scientific study has concluded that the only difference between BST-free or organic milk versus “regular” milk is their cost. Read more

CWT announces tenth herd retirement

Thu, 05/27/2010

More herds will be retired this year — Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has just announced that it will be implementing another round of herd retirements after reviewing a number of economic benchmarks, including cull rates and cull cow prices. Bids will be accepted starting Friday, May 28 with a cutoff date of Friday, June 25. Read more

Milk supplies putting pressure on prices

Thu, 05/27/2010

Expect gradual improvement in milk prices and margins, according to USDA's recent Livestock, Dairy, & Poultry Outlook. Corn prices are forecast to average $3.50 to $3.70 a bushel through this crop year, moderating to $3.20 to $3.80 longer term. Soybean meal price is expected to average $295 a ton this crop year and $230 to $270 longer term. Read more

Roundup Ready alfalfa awaits two rulings

Wed, 05/26/2010

Three years have passed since a U.S. district judge in San Francisco ruled that a more thorough evaluation of potential environmental impact was needed on Roundup Ready alfalfa. That ruling took the product off the market and sent interested parties back to the drawing board in an effort to update the product's Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Read more

Elite semen producers hit million-unit mark

Tue, 05/25/2010

Since Fisher-Place Mandingo first produced 1 million units of semen in 1994, 42 other Holstein bulls have been able to join him in this elite club. At the turn of the century, merely nine others had reached this mark; today that number has more than quadrupled. Read more

Remarkable six-legged calf born in New York!

Mon, 05/24/2010

Just last week, a dairy farm in Troupsburg, N.Y., was home to a miracle. A difficult calving, thought to end with a dead calf, actually ended up with a live, healthy bull calf with some unique accessories. The farm is home to Brian and Lisa Robinson and their children, Logan and Shante. Read more

Raw milk reason prevails just in time

Fri, 05/21/2010

Political reason and common sense, which were nowhere to be seen in recent months as a proposal to allow dairy producers in Wisconsin to sell unpasteurized raw milk directly to consumers successfully worked its way through both the State Senate and Legislature, surfaced just in time when Governor Jim Doyle vetoed the measure on Wednesday. Read more

Practice safe farming this summer

Thu, 05/20/2010

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Milk production keeps climbing

Wed, 05/19/2010

April milk production in the top 23 dairy states was up 1.7 percent over last year, according to the USDA NASS Milk Production report released yesterday. This rise in milk production surprised many industry observers. The combination of higher cull cow prices and low milk prices was expected to result in a larger drop in cow numbers and, perhaps, a drop in milk output. Read more

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