HD Notebook

Hoard's Dairyman turns 125 years old on January 23

Sat, 01/23/2010

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The show is about to begin again at World Ag Expo

Fri, 01/22/2010

There’s been plenty of rain this week (and more is forecast next week) at the home of the world’s largest farm equipment show, buoying hopes that dry weather must be in store for World Ag Expo Feb. 9-10-11 in Tulare, California. Read more

Supply management: Yes or no?

Thu, 01/21/2010

We're interested in your thoughts on supply management. Your answer may depend on what we mean by supply management. Read more

Activity monitoring isn't just about heats

Wed, 01/20/2010

Activity monitoring systems for cows have become quite popular in recent times. Yes, not only can you measure how many steps you take by wearing a pedometer, you can measure how many steps your cows take by attaching a simple device to their foot or collar. In a 2008 survey by Hoard's Dairyman, 5.7 percent of all farms reported using electronic cow identification. Read more

December milk down 0.8 percent

Tue, 01/19/2010

December milk was down 0.8 percent compared to a year earlier for the top 23 dairy states, reports NASS in its January 19, 2010, Milk Production report. When looking at the entire country, milk production was down 1.o percent for the last quarter (October to December) and down 0.9 percent for December. Read more

Hoard's Dairyman bull list now available

Mon, 01/18/2010

For those looking for the latest genetic updates from this January's sire summary, you can download our entire bull list from this blog post. It includes the highest-ranking bulls for the top seven dairy breeds. Read more

Expansion begins at Texas cheese plant

Fri, 01/15/2010

New walls are going up again at the Hilmar Cheese Co. processing facility in Dalhart, Texas.

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Record crops of both corn and beans

Thu, 01/14/2010

U.S. farmers produced the largest corn and soybean crops on record in 2009, according to the Crop Production 2009 Summary released January 12 by USDA.

Corn production is 13.2 billion bushels, 1 percent above the previous record of 13 billion bushels set in 2007, and 9 percent higher than 2008. Corn yields reached an all-time high in 2009 at 165.2 bushels per acre, eclipsing the previous record of 160.3 bushels per acre set in 2004. Planted area, at 86.5 million acres, was the second highest since 1949, behind 2007’s 93.5 million acres.

Soybean production totaled 3.36 billion bushels, up 13 percent from 2008 and up 5 percent from the previous record set in 2006. The average yield per acre is 44 bushels, up 0.9 bushels from the previous record set in 2005. Farmers nationwide planted a total of 77.5 million soybean acres and harvested 76.4 million acres in 2009, both up 2 percent from the previous record set last year. Read more

Keeping childhood memories and children safe

Wed, 01/13/2010

Have you ever seen a playpen (for children— not calves) in a barn? We have. Or maybe heard one of those "I milked cows the day I went into labor!" stories? Yep, it all happens on the farm. Have a story like this to share? Tell us below. These stories are truly a reflection of just how "family" the family dairy farm is. The whole family pitches in to get the work done — everyone. Read more

Rural America Prospers

Tue, 01/12/2010

The notion that living in rural America yields a less prosperous life has been disproven. Of course, those of us living in rural America aren't surprised by this. We love where we live (most of us.) A recent study by the University of Illinois actually found that much of rural America is prosperous, particularly in the Midwest and Plains regions. Read more

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