HD Notebook

Milk quality is improving steadily

Date: 
Fri, 04/27/2012

2011 was the sixth straight year that SCCs declined in DHIA herds

by Hoard's Dairyman staff

Did your herd’s average somatic cell count drop a little in 2011? Chances are it did, according to USDA and the National Dairy Herd Improvement Association. Read more

Nutrient variation on farm is significant

Date: 
Thu, 04/26/2012

Within farm nutrient variation, estimates are needed to determine feed sampling and ration re-formulation schedules.

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The day after: How does this BSE case compare to 2003?

Date: 
Wed, 04/25/2012

With a new case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) discovered in a California dairy cow, we stand at the markets mercy.

by Hoard's Dairyman staff

Confirmation reached the Hoard’s Dairyman offices that a BSE case had been found in a California dairy cow shortly after 2 p.m. Central time yesterday. Thoughts of “the Christmas surprise” of 2003 (the 2003 BSE case was reported by USDA Secretary Ann Veneman on December 23) quickly raced through our minds. While agricultural media outlets were reporting the news by 2:30 p.m., the popular press quickly followed.

Then, the markets reacted. In 2003, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, and Canada, purchasers of 90 percent of U.S. exports at the time, all blocked shipments.

Markets retreat, then rebound Read more

Counting Kids to Maintain Farm Safety

Date: 
Tue, 04/24/2012

Adequate adult supervision leads to a safer farm experience

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Idaho and Oregon will slash their SCC limit on July 1

Date: 
Mon, 04/23/2012

Maximum standard for farm shipments will drop to 400,000 and 500,000.

by Hoard's Dairyman staff

Idaho and Oregon will become the leaders in U.S. raw milk quality in coming months, when maximum somatic cell count limits for farm milk shipments in those states drop to 400,000 and 500,000, respectively. Read more

March milk flow up 4.2 percent

Date: 
Fri, 04/20/2012

Cows in rotaty parlor viewed from front

The spring flush has arrived early with January to March milk up 5.2 percent nationally.

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America Revealed skims the food production surface

Date: 
Thu, 04/19/2012

Documentary explores the systems that make up our nation.

by Hoard's Dairyman staff

Hosted by "Survivor: Cook Islands" winner, Yul Kwon, the most recent PBS series, "America Revealed," provides a general overview of four key systems that keep our nation thriving: food, energy, manufacturing, and transportation. Read more

Agriculture majors ARE worth it!

Date: 
Wed, 04/18/2012

A recent article from The Wall Street Journal, paired with our analysis, shows agriculture majors still have some worth.

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Farm injuries to children cost $1.423 billion annually

Date: 
Tue, 04/17/2012

Boy helping feed bottle calf with adult

Share the safety aspect of your operation to promote prevention

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Genetic leaders to deliberate on future genetic evaluations

Date: 
Mon, 04/16/2012

Transferring genetic evaluations from USDA to the private sector is the issue.

artificial insemination straws

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