HD Notebook

Smaller cotton crops expected in 2012, 2013

Date: 
Wed, 08/01/2012

Tight seed supplies likely for dairy feeding needs as a result.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

Corn, soybeans and hay aren’t the only dairy feed staples expected to have more limited supplies this fall. A slightly smaller U.S. cotton crop is also forecast, which means the amount of cottonseed available for dairy rations will be affected. Read more

New dairy showmanship scorecard, but same great experience

Date: 
Tue, 07/31/2012

Judges and youth need to be aware of recent PDCA changes.

by Patti Hurtgen, Online Media Manager, Hoard’s Dairyman

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Don’t rely on feeding time to detect calf illness

Date: 
Mon, 07/30/2012

Sheila McGuirk, D.V.M. provides three steps for evaluating calf health

by Chelsey Johnson, Hoard’s Dairyman Editorial Intern Read more

Ignore silage losses at your own risk

Date: 
Fri, 07/27/2012

With feed prices so high this year, cutting shrinkage losses are a must.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

With half of the country now in a drought disaster area, if there was ever a year for dairy farmers to take reducing silage losses seriously, this is it. Read more

Evaluate your forage options

Date: 
Thu, 07/26/2012

by Gary Sipiorski, Dairy Development Manager, Vita Plus, Corp.

Most dairy nutritionists already have been stuffing cows with as many alternative feeds as they can lay their ration formulas on. If there is less corn or soybeans at harvest time, due to our current drought, there will certainly be less of the by-products that come from those main crops. Read more

Living and dying by grants

Date: 
Wed, 07/25/2012

Sonny Ramaswamy

Agriculture can no longer depend on traditional sources to fund its research efforts, notes NIFA’s new director.

by Amanda Smith, Hoard's Dairyman Associate Editor Read more

Sharing the right information

Date: 
Tue, 07/24/2012

Reporting inaccuracies about ag has a new venue

by Patti Hurtgen, Online Media Manager, Hoard's Dairyman Read more

Cooling cows more often may be worth it

Date: 
Mon, 07/23/2012

A study in Israel suggests that more frequent, intensive cooling sessions keeps milk production up

by Chelsey Johnson, Hoard’s Dairyman Editorial Intern Read more

Record almond crop expected in California as NASS predicts third record crop in a row in 2012

Date: 
Fri, 07/20/2012

Do your cows like almond hulls? If so, then don’t give up any room in the commodity barn, because even more of them are going to be available this year than last.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor Read more

Got a project? Here’s some help

Date: 
Thu, 07/19/2012

Many of us think of great ideas for service, agricultural awareness and just plain fun projects to do in our communities. But all take time and money, so here are some ideas that could help.

by Lucas Sjostrom, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

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