HD Notebook

Beef is Beef

Wed, 07/22/2015

The nutrition is the same, even if the method of raising it varies.

By Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

steaks on the grillBeef for dinner, or any other meal, can be found with a variety of labels. How it was raised, housed and fed can differentiate how it is marketed.

Here is some background on the most commonly seen marketing labels for raising beef.

Grain-Finished: Cattle spend most of their early lives grazing on pasture and then spend four to six months in a feed yard. They are free to eat an optimal balanced diet of grasses, grains and other forages. The label will often read, “Beef: Raised with Care, Grain-Finished.” Read more

One road fatality is one too many

Tue, 07/21/2015

Protect yourself and others by making sure your implements of husbandry are road ready before you hit the streets.

By Abby Bauer, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

husbandry rulesThe roadways can be a dangerous place, no matter what your mode of transportation. But, for farmers, there are times when public roads are the only way to get field equipment from Point A to Point B. When moving implements of husbandry on public roads, safety must be front and center.

This important topic was the focus of a breakout session at the North American Manure Expo, held last week in Chambersburg, Pa. Police officers Greg Fisher and Mitchell Saflia addressed the crowd with some statistics, food for thought and recommendations for safer roadway travel.

To start off, Fisher said, “Have a safe attitude.” Saflia agreed and said, “It starts with you. Get in the right mindset.” Read more

“We did this for Grandpa”

Mon, 07/20/2015

A dairy farm family showcases their love for agriculture through a tractor show.

By Brittany Statz, 2015 Hoard’s Dairyman Editorial Intern

Allis-Chalmers tractor

Brand loyalty runs deep in agriculture, particularly where machinery is concerned. When people are asked what their favorite color of farm machinery is, they usually respond with either green or red.

Not the Durst family.

When Jerry Durst, the family patriarch, bought his farm in 1940, his first tractor was a Case. However, after purchasing an Allis-Chalmers C, he went orange and never looked back. The Durst family farm, a 70-cow dairy located in the steep hills and valleys of Richland County, Wis., has since grown to include over 200 owned Allis-Chalmers tractors. Read more

Signs point to more expensive cottonseed

Fri, 07/17/2015

El Niño and fewer planted acres indicate higher prices this fall.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

cottonseedThe price picture for cotton in the 2015-2016 marketing season is even more complicated than usual, but so far indications are that whole cottonseed will be more expensive for dairy producers this fall.

The outlook has many interrelated parts, including below-cost prices for some growers, and uncertainties about crop size and quality. Read more

Time is too precious to be wasted

Thu, 07/16/2015

The less time a cow spends in the holding pen, the more time it has to engage in productive functions.

By Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

holding penStanding time is often wasted time. Throughout the day, cows should spend the majority of their time budget engaged in one of three functions: feeding, lying and milking. In order to accomplish the latter, though, some “loitering” in the holding pen is necessary. Read more

Better close-up care pays for itself

Wed, 07/15/2015

Prefresh cows need adequate space to reach potential

By Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

July WebinarThe three weeks before and after calving are the most vulnerable for a cow. During this transition period, many changes take place in her body and environment. Seventy-five percent of diseases occur during this critical time. Avoiding those problems reduces stress and gives cows the opportunity to produce up to their potential. Read more

Frozen or fresh: Which is best?

Tue, 07/14/2015

When it comes to colostrum, quality and timing could be more important than the source.

By Abby Bauer, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

frozen colostrumAny conversation about calf care should include the vital role colostrum plays in setting a calf up for a healthy life. The immunity boost a calf receives while its own immune system is developing can help fight off diseases in calfhood and beyond. Read more

A true family affair

Mon, 07/13/2015

When one Illinois farm family came to a crossroads, they took a leap into the unknown and reaped major rewards as a result.

by Brittany Statz, 2015 Hoard’s Dairyman Editorial Intern

Marcoot family

In the midst of corn and soybean fields stands a dairy farm. While that may not seem unique at first, the farm attracts approximately 15,000 visitors every year.

What, you might ask, makes this dairy farm so popular? Read more

Feed costs are up 108 percent since 2000

Fri, 07/10/2015

Last year was a blast from the past for dairies: feed costs dropped below 50 percent of income.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

feeding cost

Once upon a time – way back in 2000 – the cost of feeding a dairy herd was slightly over $5 per hundredweight on a total revenue basis.

Those were the good old days, weren’t they? Read more

The Western frontier

Thu, 07/09/2015

From the lens to the page, photos help us capture the essence of American dairying.

By Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

For those who live east of the Mississippi, the dramatic landscapes and vast plains of the West remain awe-inspiring. That same geography inspired Katherine Lee Bates to pen “America the Beautiful,” while atop Colorado’s Pikes Peak.

In addition to being the site of the first rodeo and home to Rocky Mountain National Park, close to 144,000 cows and 120 dairies reside within the state’s nearly square border. Colorado excels on a milk per-cow basis, ranking second behind New Mexico. Read more

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