HD Notebook

In-line milk testing is coming

Date: 
Wed, 10/17/2012

Testing progesterone, LDH, BHB and MUN right in the parlor (or robot) is on its way. What’s next?

by Lucas Sjostrom, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor Read more

We owe it all to the cow

Date: 
Tue, 10/16/2012

Many products come from our bovine friends.

by-product image of a cow
by Patti Hurtgen, Hoard's Dairyman Online Media Manager Read more

Oil production surge providing no fuel relief

Date: 
Mon, 10/15/2012

Areas of dairy production, outside the Upper Midwest, are seeing an oil production surge. But farmers and consumers aren’t seeing a drop in fuel prices.

by Lucas Sjostrom, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor Read more

$39 milk in January?

Date: 
Fri, 10/12/2012

USDA Secretary is worried that a dysfunctional Congress might actually let it happen.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

Tick… tick… tick.

Time is running out fast on what USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack (pictured here) thinks would be a Medusa-headed disaster for U.S. milk producers if a new farm bill is not passed this year. Read more

Dairy Challenge aims to expand its impact

Date: 
Thu, 10/11/2012

Academy will double the programs reach.

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

Going toe-to-toe with Amanda Smith

Date: 
Wed, 10/10/2012

For the first time, we played “Are you smarter than a Hoard’s Dairyman editor?” at World Dairy Expo. Watch the video below, but here are other tips to sharpen your dairy mind.

by Lucas Sjostrom, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

When was chocolate milk invented?

Which state had the fewest dairy farms in 2010? Read more

Hutjens shares strategies to handle feed inventories

Date: 
Tue, 10/09/2012

Plan now for 2013.

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

Would a federal order pay higher milk prices?

Date: 
Fri, 09/28/2012

Tough times push California dairy producers to revisit an old question.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

It is a question that has prompted industry-wide information meetings in the past and it prompted another one last week in Tulare. Interest tends to surface during awful financial times, so it’s no wonder the question has come up again now. Read more

Harvesting dairy quality hay comes at a cost

Date: 
Thu, 09/27/2012

Before you take a fall alfalfa cutting evaluate if it’s economically sound to do so.

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

A vital earpiece

Date: 
Wed, 09/26/2012

Do you need a smartphone? Nope. Could your farm afford one? Probably.

by Lucas Sjostrom, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

On the farm, the need for a smartphone depends on the user. But I could make the case that each farm could have one if they wanted. Your extra costs are about $100 initially (over two years) for the phone, plus about $40 worth of extra data fees per month assuming you already have a cellphone. That equates to what we’ll call $1,100 over two years once you add insurance, a case and a car charger. Can you get $1.45 per day paid back on the farm? Let’s try.

smartphone

Time is the big benefit Read more

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