HD Notebook

What’s in a name?

Date: 
Wed, 03/06/2013

What do those in dairy production prefer to be called?

By Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

As the landscape of the agricultural farmstead has changed from red barns with a variety of livestock and two-story white farmhouses to more single-focused livestock operations, have the words we use changed as well?

A little while ago, an Iowa State University rural sociologist conducted a survey about what those in the state’s production agriculture fields (food, feed, fiber and fuel) wanted to be called.

They were given the choice of:

  • farmer
  • producer
  • farm operator
  • grower
  • rancher

Then they were asked to select the one that they felt best described them. The top answer from 60 percent of those polled was “farmer.” “Producer” and “farm operator” tied for second with 18 percent. Three percent of the respondents preferred “grower,” while one percent selected “rancher.” Read more

Producers share insight on milking cows with robots

Date: 
Tue, 03/05/2013

For best returns, make sure one person can manage robots.

by Lucas Sjostrom, contributing editor

As we wrap-up our 62nd Round Table series, “Robots milk our herds,” the four herds featured in our February 25 issue share advise for others considering robots. To read the entire Round Table, click here. Read more

March 1 federal budget cuts hit dairy, too

Date: 
Mon, 03/04/2013

Sequestration-led reductions could reduce USDA’s budget by 5 to 8 percent. Few USDA programs will go untouched.

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

Twenty years of relentless dairy farm growth

Date: 
Fri, 03/01/2013

Herd size and production have soared; farm numbers have plummeted.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

Change is one of the great constants in U.S. dairy farming. Read more

Elevated milk consumption provides an overall survival advantage

Date: 
Thu, 02/28/2013

Research is challenging the long-held dogma on the relationship between saturated fat, milkfat and cardiovascular disease.

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

Hoard’s Dairyman is just a print magazine, right?

Date: 
Wed, 02/27/2013

Hoard's Dairyman

The National Dairy Farm magazine has grown to include the digital realm.

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

Robots repairs are few and far between

Date: 
Tue, 02/26/2013

In many cases, herd owners can make their own repairs; some do require expert intervention.

by Lucas Sjostrom, contributing editor Read more

These aren’t your father’s mastitis pathogens

Date: 
Mon, 02/25/2013

Klebsiella, Prototheca and Serratia infections are replacing those we’ve become accustomed to dealing with. There are no known cures for this group of three.

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

2012 was another banner year for Jerseys

Date: 
Fri, 02/22/2013

It is becoming an old story, but one that never gets old for the Jersey breed: it is on a roll.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

Jersey cow Read more

Dairy farm numbers fall under 50,000 operations

Date: 
Thu, 02/21/2013

Only 1,960 dairies or 3.8 percent hang up milkers for the last time compared to the previous year. That’s tied for the sixth-smallest percentage drop since the count began in 1992.

2012 dairy farm numbersBy Corey Geiger, Hoard’s Dairyman Managing Editor Read more

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