HD Notebook

Rubber-lined sand pump has longer life

Wed, 02/10/2010

After a rain-soaked opening day at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif., the clouds are starting to break and sunshine is in the forecast for the remaining two days of the 80-acre show. At 11 a.m., the traffic in the Dairy Center as well as the Hoard’s Dairyman booth was very brisk. Read more

Vote for your favorite new product at World Ag Expo

Tue, 02/09/2010

Tracking hoof health just got a bit easier thanks to a newly introduced product called Hoof Supervisor. The computer program that utilizes touchscreen technology allows hoof trimmers to enter hoof health data cowside. World Ag Expo officials thought so much of the software program that they selected it as one of the Top 10 New Products out of 70 entries at the show which began on Tuesday, February 9.

The Hoof Supervisor program hit the market last year. The program’s hoof health coding system is based on the work of the International Lameness Committee. That committee developed international dairy language to properly code not only hoof health disease, but also the location of the foot problem. Read more

Milk quality: the international dairy language

Mon, 02/08/2010

No matter where they are located or what size farms they have, dairy owners around the world are increasingly speaking the same language: higher milk quality. Read more

"Temple Grandin" makes HBO movie debut February 6

Fri, 02/05/2010

Temple Grandin, one of the world's foremost humane livestock handling specialists, is the focus of an HBO movie that debuts on cable television on Saturday, February 6, 2010. Airing time is 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific Time. We have watched the movie trailer, and, if you are at all concerned about animal handing and agriculture, we think it is a must see. Read more

What consumers want

Thu, 02/04/2010

Dealing with consumer perceptions of their food, farmers and, more specifically, animal care was the topic of two presentations during the pre-conference symposium at the annual meeting of NMC, formerly the National Mastitis Council. Read more

Dairy farming is not a spectator sport

Wed, 02/03/2010

Have you ever heard the phrase "politics is not a spectator sport"? Dairy farming isn't either. We're not talking about actually working on the farm or not — rather — standing up for what we as dairy farmers do on a daily basis. Read more

HSUS starts countermeasure in Ohio, Humanewatch.org to be relauched

Tue, 02/02/2010

Shortly after a "win" was made in Ohio for animal agriculture, it now looks like the battle isn't quite won yet. Last fall, Ohioans approved a constitutional amendment that created the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board known to many as Issue 2. The board is to be consisted of family farmers, consumers, the state veterinarian, and others. Read more

Who are the best genetic sources in Holsteins?

Mon, 02/01/2010

For nearly four decades, Penn State's Larry Specht has been evaluating which farms and sires have been the best contributors to genetic progress in the Holstein breed. For his efforts, Specht was named a pioneer by the National Dairy Shrine. Read more

Vista Grande Farm honored for beef quality commitment

Sat, 01/30/2010

At the annual 2010 Cattle Industry annual convention in San Antonio, Texas, Vista Grande Dairy Farm was recognized for its efforts in improving Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) on its operation while successfully encouraging others around them to implement BQA. This year's BQA award was given to one dairy and one beef producer. Read more

Something too silly to make up

Fri, 01/29/2010

Don’t think the U.S. has a monopoly on social and political correctness gone berserk, or on oddball research to answer questions that no one cares about enough to ask. Britain is right there with us. Read more

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