HD Notebook

It’s fair time

Fri, 07/11/2014

The Hoard’s Dairyman Farm provides Guernseys to local 4-H members who show at the Jefferson County Fair.

by Maggie Seiler, Hoard’s Dairyman Editorial Intern

At 7 a.m. on a typical June day, most young people are still in bed enjoying the start to their summer vacation. Members of the Barnyard Clovers 4-H club are not among the late risers. Almost every June morning at 7:00 a.m. on the Hoard’s Dairyman Farm, the club members are feeding, watering and cleaning up after their show heifers.

4-H members

The Barnyard Clovers club members enjoy the look of their freshly bedded show cattle. Club members from left to right include Nick Yunker, Dawson Yurs, Victoria Yurs, Hannah Beckman and Ava Kleman. Members not pictured include Kayla Beckman, Ryan Messler and Aaron Messler.
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The changing face of dairy youth

Wed, 07/09/2014

Gone are the days where every youth at a dairy event resides on a farm.

By Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

There was a time when nearly every youth showing at a fair, competing in dairy judging or competing in quiz bowl lived and worked on their family farm. Being around the cows was part of the daily routine. As the number of dairies decline, there are fewer youth raised on farms.

This was evident at the recent National Holstein Convention in Iowa. When looking and listening to the young people on stage during the dairy bowl finals, you witnessed excitement and knowledge about our industry. How ironic that most of them aren’t on a farm each day.

They come from varied backgrounds and have a deep appreciation for our dairy industry and in some cases, may be more passionate than those born into it.

2014 National Dairy Bowl Champions from California
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Give calves a jumpstart on life

Tue, 07/08/2014

A dairy cow's long, productive life starts with the care she receives from the minute she is born.


by Abby Bauer, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

In an ideal world, every calving would happen unassisted and result in a perfectly healthy, active calf. However, as all dairy producers know, that sometimes is not the case.

“We can have a critical impact in the first 24 hours,” said Sheila McGuirk with the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. She addressed the crowd at the Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference in Dubuque, Iowa. Read more

Should your cows stand longer?

Thu, 07/03/2014

Additional standing time postmilking could lower your herd’s mastitis risk.

by Amanda Smith, Hoard's Dairyman Associate Editor

cowFor the U.S. dairy industry, mastitis carries a $1.7 billion to $2 billion price tag. Reducing the infection risk takes a multi-pronged approach, but keeping cows on their feet a bit longer postmilking could be one piece of the prevention puzzle. Read more

Internships bring value to Distinguished Junior Members

Wed, 07/02/2014

All 6 DJM Finalists have summer internships in their career field.

By Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

Last Saturday, six outstanding youth were recognized for their Holstein projects and named National Distinguished Junior Member Finalists, the highest honor given by the Holstein Association USA. Announced in Dubuque, Iowa, at the Junior Awards Luncheon, the winners were Hayleigh Geurink, Michigan; Sara Kitchen, Pennsylvania; Cassandra Krull, Wisconsin; Jaylene Lesher, Pennsylvania; Ryan Pralle, Wisconsin and Josh Simon, Iowa.

2014 National Distinguished Junior Holstein Members

2014 National Distinguished Junior Members: Hayleigh Geurink,
Jaylene Lesher, Ryan Pralle, Josh Simon, Sara Kitchen, Cassandra Krull
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Jersey producers honor unknown fallen soldiers

Tue, 07/01/2014

Members attending the American Jersey Cattle Association’s annual convention witnessed a special wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

wreath at Tomb of Unknown Soldier

by Abby Bauer, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

The 2014 meetings of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc., took place in Alexandria, Va., just miles away from the nation’s capitol.

As part of the convention, attendees visited historic Washington D.C., including a stop at the Arlington National Cemetery. There, association members had the opportunity to witness a special wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Read more

Hoard’s Farm home to nation’s top cheese producer

Mon, 06/30/2014

Efforts of the farm staff were recognized last weekend at the American Guernsey Association’s annual meeting.

Dairyman Iceman Rosebowl

by Maggie Seiler, Hoard's Dairyman Editorial Intern

Fort Atkinson’s historic Hoard’s Dairyman Farm was recognized by the American Guernsey Association for having 28 of the 100 top Guernseys nationally for milk and components production. The Association reviewed the farm’s 147 Guernsey lactation records in 2013 to make its ranking.

Of the 28 award-winning cows at the Hoard’s Dairyman Farm, Dairyman Iceman Rosebowl was recognized as the best of the best by being named the nation’s highest-producing Guernsey cow. The American Guernsey Association’s formal name for these elite cows is “Component Queen.” Read more

Agriculture: the strongest piece of the U.S. economy

Fri, 06/27/2014

With 16.4 percent growth, agriculture had a good year in 2013.

by Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

Despite slower economic growth overall in the U.S., the agricultural sector is finally on the upswing. Real GDP (gross domestic product) rose 1.9 percent in 2013, down from the 2.8 percent growth rate that was experienced in 2012.

After a stagnant year in 2012 with a mere 0.3 percent growth in output, agricultural outputs grew 16.4 percent after inflation last year. The strong growth in 2013 is primarily attributed to farming, as it reflects a weak 2012 that was affected by a severe Midwest drought. This value, determined by the Bureau of Economic Analysis includes data from agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sectors.

The closest sectors to this impressive GDP growth were information technology and manufacturing at 3.2 percent and 3.1 percent, respectively. Read more

Breed’s newest Excellent-95 calls Hoard’s Dairyman Farm home

Thu, 06/26/2014

Bella Blue, a fifth-lactation Guernsey, is on pace to make back-to-back 34,000-plus-pound milk records. She is the first Guernsey to classify Excellent-95 since 2008.

Rolling Prairie Bella Blue

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It’s a week for competitions, but more significantly, memories

Wed, 06/25/2014

Six breeds hold their annual meetings in a short-window.

By Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

junior friendshipThis is one busy week for the Hoard’s Dairyman editorial team. It’s all hands on deck to cover the latest in breed developments at this week’s breed conventions and report on the details in our print magazine. In addition to the adult sessions, youth contests will be held, and it's the memories that will last longer than the shine on the trophy.

They say it is about the journey and not the destination. And for me, that holds true. Read more

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