HD Notebook

Lactose intolerance can be overcome

Date: 
Wed, 08/05/2015

There are options for those who deal with the issue.

by Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

“It’s like the worst stomachache of my life. Someone is punching me in the gut. That is followed by nausea and diarrhea,” shared the 23-year-old when asked about the impact of lactose on her system. Lactose intolerance can cause digestive discomfort, but each person’s symptoms are a bit different.

Self-diagnosis of lactose intolerance is not always accurate. A medical doctor should confirm your suspicions because your symptoms may be from another condition that might need additional attention or treatment. I spoke with my cousin, Alicia, who was raised on a dairy farm and just before entering fifth grade was evaluated for lactose intolerance. An endoscopy and samples from her esophagus, and her small and large intestine confirmed what her parents suspected, lactose intolerance. Read more

Agriculture’s most important century

Date: 
Tue, 08/04/2015

With the global population expected to grow by 3 billion in the next century, AgriCorps volunteers are doing their part to help train the farmers of today and the future.

By Abby Bauer, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

Trent McKnight“This is the most important century agriculture will face,” said Trent McKnight during his presentation at the 2015 Ag Media Summit in Scottsdale, Ariz. “We never had the challenge before of feeding this many people.”

He explained that 2014 was the “peak child year”— more children were born last year than there were in any previous year or will be in any future year. Right now, there are 2 billion people on Earth under the age of 16, and by the end of the century the global population will max out at 10 billion people.

“Our greatest challenge of the next century will be feeding those 3 billion additional mouths,” he said. Read more

PETA cranks up the cute factor

Date: 
Mon, 08/03/2015

One of the most widely known animal rights groups is no stranger to using emotional appeal to win over people’s minds.

By Brittany Statz, 2015 Hoard’s Dairyman Editorial Intern

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We’ve seen them all when we view websites, videos or photos posted by anti-agriculture groups. The furry kittens, bouncing puppies and wide-eyed bunnies have made us all go “awwww” at some point or another. Let’s be honest: animal rights propaganda is good at making people feel all sorts of emotions.

Take, for example, this video called “Down on the Farm.” It features a song and a plucky guitar to give the video a homespun feel during its 1-minute, 17-second duration.

Scene One: the video starts off with a cow, a pig and a chicken living what would appear to be happy, uninterrupted lives. Read more

Dairy takeaways from a beef meeting

Date: 
Fri, 07/31/2015

We are a bigger part of that industry than ever before, and it is not likely to change anytime soon.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

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Earlier this month I took off my dairy hat and went to the 2015 National Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver, hosted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA).

The view of our industry from that perspective was both interesting and encouraging, and I came away with several strong impressions: Read more

Cows need energy postcalving

Date: 
Thu, 07/30/2015

Feeding a high forage diet alters feeding behaviors, health parameters and milk production in fresh cows.

By Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

Transition cows are much like a puzzle that is missing a few pieces; we’re still working to develop the full picture. Feeding strategies are one piece of the transition cow puzzle that has evolved through years of trial and error.

“High forage diets for close-up dairy cows are gaining popularity and are perceived to provide health and production advantages,” noted Julie Huzzey, in a poster presentation at the Joint Annual Meeting of the American Dairy Science Association and the American Society of Animal Scientists.

After calving, cows typically transition to a high-energy diet. While at the University of British Columbia, Huzzey and colleagues compared the effect of keeping cows on a high-forage diet for three weeks after calving versus switching cows to a conventional high-energy diet. Read more

The often-forgotten-about side of feed consumption

Date: 
Wed, 07/29/2015

Cattle can be efficient users of leftovers.

By Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

cows grazing

Last week I blogged about different management types that produce beef. One of the interesting facts was the large amount of water and resources used to produce beef on pasture versus a feedlot. However, there are some advantages to consuming grassland-raised products.

In the United States, more than two-thirds of the land where cattle graze cannot be used for any other purpose. Its topography is less than ideal. Steep and hilly terrain is not a great place for homes and rocky land isn’t suited for growing crops. But, cattle are mobile and can walk to where grass can grow. Read more

Undercover manure

Date: 
Tue, 07/28/2015

There are some benefits to be gained when manure is injected directly into the soil rather than applied on top.

By Abby Bauer, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

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Manure smells like money to farmers because of the nutrients it contains and the fertilizer value it provides when applied to cropland. But to the non-agriculture nose, manure often smells like, well, manure.

Animals produce a lot of manure, and the best final destination for this valuable by-product is on the land where it can feed crops. While odor can’t be completely eliminated when hauling and applying manure, it can be reduced. One such way is to inject manure directly into the soil. Read more

Temporary price hike in California

Date: 
Mon, 07/27/2015

Class 4b increase starts August 1 and will last 12 months.

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by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

It wasn’t as much as dairy producers asked for, and the duration is only half as long, but California dairy producers will begin receiving a temporary 12-month increase in the dry whey portion of their Class 4b (cheese) pricing formula on August 1.

California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross announced the increase July 17. It follows a June 3 public hearing that she called to consider temporary adjustments to the state’s milk pricing formula to close the gap between California Class 4b prices and comparable Class III prices in Federal Milk Marketing Orders. Read more

An eye for cows and a heart for teaching

Date: 
Fri, 07/24/2015

Legendary dairy cattle judge and professor Fred Foreman passed away on July 22, leaving behind a grand legacy of teaching and passion for the dairy industry.

Brittany Statz, 2015 Hoard’s Dairyman Editorial Intern

He was born on a small farm in Kansas, but his knowledge and skill for judging dairy cattle would take him all over the world.

Fred Foreman judging at world Dairy Expo

After serving in World War II, Fred Foreman returned to Kansas to study his favorite animal – the dairy cow. He earned his undergraduate and master's degrees at Kansas State, followed by his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri, and he began to share his acquired knowledge and skill with the next generation. Fred taught for a short time at Kansas State before moving to the University of Minnesota. Ultimately, Fred went on to become a staff member at Iowa State University for 31 years. Read more

What lies beneath

Date: 
Thu, 07/23/2015

With Johne’s extended incubation period, infected cows have the opportunity to shed millions of bacteria before breaking with clinical disease signs.

By Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

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Oftentimes, the diseases and disorders we cannot readily detect are the ones that cost our cows and bottom lines the most. Particularly with Johne’s disease, a seemingly fit animal may actually be a super shedder, releasing large number of disease-causing bacteria that can then infect its healthy herdmates.

Johne’s is caused by Mycobacterium avium ssp. paratuberculosis (MAP) and results in inflammation and damage to the intestinal wall. This, in turn, affects the cow’s nutrient absorption capabilities. Read more

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