HD Notebook

Dairy cow culling is accelerating

Date: 
Fri, 11/30/2012

Removals are up 173,000 this year ­– most of them in the last four months.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

Enticed by attractive beef prices and wary of scary feed costs, the downsizing of the U.S. dairy herd by milk producers is picking up speed. Read more

Will block cheese hit $2.20 again?

Date: 
Thu, 11/29/2012

On a pound-for-pound basis, we are more than $1 over the world market.

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

Make your dairy a professionally managed business

Date: 
Wed, 11/28/2012

Producers should quit managing dairies like entrepreneurs and start managing their farms as professionally managed businesses.

by Lucas Sjostrom, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

Does your farm have growing pains? If you answered no, you’re either a well-run business or you don’t know what growing pains feel like yet. Read more

Dairy Bowl: More than a contest

Date: 
Tue, 11/27/2012

Dairy Bowl competitors

Youth competition stimulates learning

By Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

A concept brought to 4-H dairy youth by Maryland extension agent, John Morris, in 1980 has turned into a widely accepted youth activity. Dairy Bowl began in the 4-H program on the national level and with the Holstein Association over three decades ago. Other breeds have followed suit. Read more

Farmers never retire

Date: 
Mon, 11/26/2012

While that may be the case, everyone can work on communicating farm succession plans.

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

U.S. milk per herd growth has been amazing

Date: 
Fri, 11/23/2012

Average annual output per dairy has more than tripled in 20 years.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

In both good times and bad, U.S. dairy producers keep cranking out more milk per herd. Here’s what we mean:

• In 1992, average total milk production per dairy in the U.S. was 1.15 million pounds. Read more

Corn and milk move hand-in-hand

Date: 
Thu, 11/22/2012

The drought drove corn prices up while product demand supports our milk price.

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

Finding our face

Date: 
Wed, 11/21/2012

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance is looking for the new face of farming and ranching. Two dairy producers are amongst the finalists.

by Lucas Sjostrom, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

Deciding who agriculture’s spokespersons should be is not a debate. Now, it’s a vote. Read more

USDA releases milk production and cow numbers for October

Date: 
Tue, 11/20/2012

Milk production in October per cow up one pound

by Patti Hurtgen, Hoard's Dairyman Online Media Manager

October 2012 milk production
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Don’t blame nutrition for fresh cow problems

Date: 
Mon, 11/19/2012

Look to this list of 11 issues that derail transition cows.

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

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