HD Notebook

The “hole” truth about Swiss cheese

Tue, 06/09/2015

New research reveals the real reason Swiss cheese is full of holes, and why those holes are getting smaller.

By Abby Bauer, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

Swiss cheeseSwiss cheese is known for its flavor, its texture and its one-of-a-kind holes.

For more than a century, it was believed that the holes were created by carbon dioxide given off by bacteria. This original theory is credited to chemist William Mansfield Clark, who used an apparatus of glass cylinders and mercury to capture the gas back in 1912. Read more

Thinking beyond chocolate

Mon, 06/08/2015

New and unique flavors of milk could be part of the solution to reversing a slump in fluid milk consumption.

By Brittany Statz, 2015 Hoard’s Dairyman Editorial Intern

flavored milk

Dairy products come in an assortment of flavors for people to enjoy. For example, Baskin Robbins touts its 31 flavors of ice cream in nearly all of their advertisements, and that same variety can be appropriated to yogurts and cheeses as well. Read more

Safety does not take a summer vacation

Fri, 06/05/2015

Farms can be dangerous places

By Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

farm saftey

On working farms, there’s constant movement of people and equipment. And with summer, that means more activity and more people.

We have signs posted to remind people of dangers. Roll bars and seatbelts are designed to protect drivers in case of accidents. Covers exist to shield power take-off shafts. But, they must be used in order to be effective. Read more

Reserve fungicides for disease extremes

Thu, 06/04/2015

Applying fungicide to alfalfa may result in a yield bump, but that gain may not be enough to cover application costs.

By Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

Over the past few weeks, a number of alfalfa fields have been cut and preserved for later feeding. Behind corn silage, alfalfa is one of the most commonly incorporated forages in dairy cattle diets.

Foliar diseases in alfalfa can damage leaves and stems, resulting in leaf loss (defoliation), along with yield and quality losses, note University of Wisconsin Extension researchers. Read more

Milk margins going down, down, down

Wed, 06/03/2015

They’ve dropped by more than half since October, almost entirely because of milk prices.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

Monthly feed cost data used in the Margin Protection Program- Dairy (MPP-Dairy) paints a clear picture of what is behind the more than 50 percent drop in average dairy producer margins that has taken place in the last six months.

It is those officially computed figures that determine whether producers who bought extra margin protection insurance above the program’s $4 per hundredweight baseline will receive payments under the program. Read more

Home sweet home for your feeds

Tue, 06/02/2015

Bunker silos are a great storage option for feed when filled, covered and managed correctly.

By Abby Bauer, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

bunker silo

Bunker, or horizontal, silos are a great feed storage option for many farms. These structures typically have lower initial costs and lower maintenance needs than some other forms of feed storage. They also allow for high storage capacity and rapid filling. Read more

Siding with the truth

Mon, 06/01/2015

A former animal rights investigator turned whistleblower pulls back the curtain on anti-agriculture activist tactics.

by Brittany Statz, 2015 Hoard’s Dairyman Editorial Intern

walking at nightIt’s no secret that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) vehemently opposes animal agriculture. Their commercials and Internet videos depict livestock farms as horror houses where abuse and neglect lurk around every corner. However, a new video from the Center for Consumer Freedom has surfaced, exposing an even uglier side to this organization. Read more

California processors propose pennies

Fri, 05/29/2015

Class 4b hearing next week will see farmers and plants light years apart – as usual.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

penniesEven if a federal milk marketing order (FMMO) does eventually come to California and next Wednesday’s public hearing in Sacramento winds up being the last time farmers and processors square off on opposite sides of a state-run pricing squabble, there is still no chance of them making up and walking out the door as friends. Read more

Play by the rules

Thu, 05/28/2015

Knowing the rules and regulations for hiring young employees on your dairy can save you — and them — from a world of problems.

by Brittany Statz, Hoard’s Dairyman Editorial Intern

child on a dairyMy dad grew up on a small dairy. Even though he left the farm, he always enjoyed telling stories about growing up on the farm. Dad’s best tale was about how their bull chased him through the woods before he climbed a tree to get out of the way. As one of nine children, danger just seemed to be a part of life for my father. Read more

Top universities for agriculture and forestry

Wed, 05/27/2015

Rankings highlight world’s leading institutions

By Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

dairy challenge 2012Where will I get the best agriculture education? Each year QS tackles that very topic by ranking the top universities in the world. There is an overall ranking and reviews on 36 major fields of study. The rankings are based on research impact, academic and employer reputation. Read more

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