HD Notebook

Breakfast on the Farm events stimulate dairy consumption

Wed, 06/04/2014

Dairy promotion gatherings enhance consumer sales

By Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

youth petting calfJune is an exciting time for the dairy industry . . . amiable weather, bustling activity and overall enthusiasm for milk and dairy products. The most obvious signs of dairy promotion are Breakfast on the Farm events, where rural and urban dwellers enjoy the morning meal showcasing agriculture and the dairy industry. Read more

Temperature and humidity readings predict heat stress

Tue, 06/03/2014

With high summertime temps looming, it is time to start paying attention to Temperature Humidity Index values to manage your cows’ heat stress.

Just like the kids at the local swimming pool who are cooling off on hot summer days, your cows are beginning to feel the effects of warmer temperatures. Producers in the South have already been dealing with THI values exceeding 68, which is the threshold for heat stress, and producers across the rest of the country should be gearing up for the warmer weather. Now is the time to review your heat stress terminology and prepare for the heat stress battle. Read more

How will you participate in June Dairy Month?

Mon, 06/02/2014

Dairy foods are worth talking about; they contain more nutrients and are only pennies per serving

By Ali Enerson, Hoard’s Dairyman Special Publications Editor

dairy facts

June. It’s National Dairy Month. With dairy products and our nation’s food under scrutiny, it would be easy to just sit out June Dairy Month altogether this year. But I would argue that very reason makes it all the more important that you participate. Each of us, contributing even just one hour of time, will create a tremendous impact. So, brush up on your dairy knowledge and decide what you can do this month. Read more

A scathing indictment about organic food marketing

Fri, 05/30/2014

Study says the objective is to make false claims that spread fear and boost sales.

organic food

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

If you ever sensed that organic sales tactics didn’t seem to be totally honest, objective and unbiased, then you’re smarter than many consumers, according to Organic Marketing Report by Academics Review.

The group’s website says it is “an association of academic professors, researchers, teachers and credentialed authors from around the world who are committed to the unsurpassed value of the peer review in establishing sound science.”

“Fear sells” is the very unpolitically correct message that comes from the report’s analysis of more than 100 published academic studies looking at the methods and messages used to promote and sell organic foods in the U.S. Read more

Manure’s double-edged sword

Thu, 05/29/2014

It’s an invaluable fertilizer that can also pose a safety hazard.

manure handling

by Amanda Smith Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

Tractors hit the road with renewed vigor over the holiday weekend in America’s Dairyland. As is the case in many dairy states with a cropping emphasis, the pressure is on to apply manure, work ground and finish planting. In the haste to make feed for the coming year however, we must remember to be vigilant when emptying manure basins and applying “black gold” to our land.

While it has value as a fertilizer, when handled improperly, manure can pose some significant hazards. On-farm, every employee should be aware of the risks involved with manure management. Read more

Farms can be dangerous during summer

Wed, 05/28/2014

Safety first for those spending time on farms this season.

girl preparing toplineby Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

As many of us open our farms to tours and family gatherings this summer, here are reminders that we often overlook on the farm. These tips hold true whether we spend one day or the whole summer outdoors.

Summer safety reminders:

  1. According to the American Red Cross’ recent survey, nearly half of Americans don't know the basic water safety skills such as treading water or floating. Farmponds and large water troughs can be dangerous to nonswimmers. Drownings don't only happen in lakes or oceans.
Read more

Calves were dropping like flies

Tue, 05/27/2014

Calf care protocols have changed rapidly over the past several years. Has your farm kept up?

by Maggie Seiler, Hoard's Dairyman Editorial Intern

For a good part of my childhood and most of my high school and college years, I have been the employee at my parents’ 150-cow dairy in Valley Center, Kan. Like most farm children, I headed up calf care. I learned a few things along the calf panel south of the house, and none were more important than the need to modify protocol as technology improves and research continues to shed light on calf raising.

Our calves are housed on sand in traditional calf hutches. Each hutch has a metal cattle panel that allows the calf to move outside the hutch. The hutches face the south, and a relentless Kansas wind keeps the calves cool during hot summer months. We vaccinate and wean the calves before moving them to group housing around 3 months of age. Read more

Lies, bribes, racketeering and a $15.75 million penalty

Fri, 05/23/2014

HSUS tactics exposed as it loses a long lawsuit against circus.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

It was obvious who the clown was in this federal court case: an evil one whose underhanded methods were exposed for the world to see.

Last week in a federal District Court in Washington, D.C., HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) and other animal activist groups chose to settle a lawsuit claiming they had violated federal racketeering laws. A $15.75 million settlement was paid to Feld Entertainment, owner of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, in a case dating back to 2000 over alleged mistreatment of its elephants.

The abuse allegations were made by a former Ringling Bros. barn worker, whom Judge Emmet Sullivan eventually ruled had been secretly paid at least $190,000 by the groups to file the charges and who also lied to the court. Read more

Download your way to a healthier future

Thu, 05/22/2014

App attempts to steer Canadians back toward dairy.

family pizza

by Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

We live in a world that places a heavy emphasis on health and fitness. Within the past decade, food consumption habits have changed drastically, as people strive to improve their dietary choices. Yet, while milk and milk products are a perfect fit in this new nutrition reality, per capita consumption of dairy continues to decline.

This isn’t solely a U.S. plight, though. Most developed nations are facing the same trend. Two out of three Canadians do not consume the recommended daily servings of milk products. It is not shocking that dairy is an underconsumed food group. For Canadians in the 19 to 50 age bracket, the daily dairy intake suggested in Canada’s Food Guide is less than the three servings per day recommended in the U.S. dietary guidelines. Read more

May is Beef Month

Wed, 05/21/2014

Dairy producers can celebrate, too.

By Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

beef kabobsThe Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, more commonly known as Cattlemen’s Beef Board consists of 103 members who represent domestic beef, veal and dairy producers. Yes, dairy.

As dairy producers, we have an equal stake in the Beef Checkoff program. One dollar from each dairy, beef or veal animal sold is allocated to the checkoff program. This includes a 3-day-old bull calf sold at the local auction to a 5-year-old dairy cow culled from the milking herd. One head, one dollar. But, what many fail to realize is that the $1 checkoff also applies to dairy animals that are sold for dairy purposes, such as registered consignment sales. While not being sold to immediately enter the food chain, they are still required to pay the checkoff. Read more

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