HD Notebook

Ten things we learned in 2012

Date: 
Tue, 01/01/2013

Lessons learned and wisdom gained . . . hopefully.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

Every event in life is a learning experience, even if what you learn is “I don’t want to do that again.” The same can be said of 2012. It was a year that flew by but still left many lessons for dairy producers. Here are a few: Read more

Farm Bill: Congress is now keeping farmer’s hours to avert the dairy cliff

Date: 
Mon, 12/31/2012

As 2012 comes to a close, the halls of Congress will look like a well-lighted dairy barn.

by Corey Geiger, Hoard’s Dairyman Assistant Managing Editor Read more

Best of '12: New dairy showmanship scorecard, but same great experience

Date: 
Fri, 12/28/2012

Over the holidays, we will be sharing some of our most-viewed blogs of 2012. If you missed them earlier, we've got them ready to close out 2012.

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

by Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

showmanship congratulations
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Best of '12: Steady milk production growth continued in 2011

Date: 
Thu, 12/27/2012

Over the holidays, we will be sharing some of our most-viewed blogs of 2012. If you missed them earlier, we've got them ready to close out 2012.

milk production

For back-to-back years, U.S. milk output rose by a remarkably uniform 1.8 percent.

Best of '12: “Do real stuff” urges Temple Grandin

Date: 
Wed, 12/26/2012

Over the holidays, we will be sharing some of our most-viewed blogs of 2012. If you missed them earlier, we've got them ready to close out 2012.

No doubt, there’s no modern animal scientist who has received as much recognition in recent years as Temple Grandin. She recently spoke to graduates of her alma mater, Franklin Pierce University, on May 12, 2012.

Best of '12: The rose petal proposal

Date: 
Tue, 12/25/2012

Over the holidays, we will be sharing some of our most-viewed blogs of 2012. If you missed them earlier, we've got them ready to close out 2012.

Dairy producer proposes marriage in barn among his cows

Kipp Hinz proposing on one knee with ringby Patti Hurtgen, Read more

Best of '12: Dairy farming parody goes viral

Date: 
Mon, 12/24/2012

Over the holidays, we will be sharing some of our most-viewed blogs of 2012. If you missed them earlier, we've got them ready to close out 2012.

Nine-year-old dairy farm boy, “Little Fred,” sings a “Call Me Maybe” parody while putting a cute face on dairy farming.

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

Chobani has taken Idaho by storm

Date: 
Fri, 12/21/2012

Dairy industry’s optimism soars as the world’s largest yogurt plant opens.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

A funny thing happened on the way to the new Chobani Greek Yogurt manufacturing plant that the company announced a year ago it would build in Twin Falls, Idaho.

It got a LOT bigger. Read more

USDA wants your input

Date: 
Thu, 12/20/2012

Help them target key issues when conducting the NAHMS Dairy 2014 study.

By Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor
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Counting the days until a farm bill

Date: 
Wed, 12/19/2012

As the deadline for a possible return to 1949 agriculture legislation looms, only a solution to the fiscal cliff can end the standoff for farmers. The real question is, when will the days run out?

by Lucas Sjostrom, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

It’s everywhere. “It” is the news that the fiscal cliff may double milk prices. Of course, it should be fitting that milk prices are the focus as we near towards the end of the Mayan calendar, farm bill and fiscal cliff in two weeks of fireworks.

So, are we any closer?
Last week, I said an expiration of the farm bill is not likely to happen. But if it does happen, it likely won’t last for very long. That’s because the government would need to start buying product at high prices, we would likely be deep in violation with the World Trade Organization, and our export market would completely shut down. Read more

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