HD Notebook

High forage is their dietary strategy

Date: 
Thu, 02/07/2013

While feeding high-forage diets has economic advantages, there are challenges inherent in its adoption.

by Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

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Trying to do more with less

Date: 
Wed, 02/06/2013

Time and resources limit teaching efforts. Contests should facilitate learning, not just provide scores.

FFA members judge dairy cattleby Patti Hurtgen,
Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager
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“God made a farmer,” but did he make an advocate?

Date: 
Tue, 02/05/2013

Dodge’s Super Bowl commercial easily struck a cord with farmers across the U.S. But average Americans found a way to relate, too.

by Lucas Sjostrom, contributing editor

“On the 8th day,” Paul Harvey begins, “God looked down on his planned paradise and said, ‘I need a caretaker.’”

With that, my Super Bowl party fell silent. Did yours? Read more

Milk production and dairy farms continue to consolidate

Date: 
Mon, 02/04/2013

Only 193 of our nation’s 3,143 counties accounted for 75 percent of all milk production. Put another way, 10,000 farms produced 80 percent of the U.S. milk.

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

Milk quality superstars honored

Date: 
Fri, 02/01/2013

Awards celebrate what is already occurring on dairy farms.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

Excellence in what is not only possible for the production of superb quality milk, but what is already taking place on U.S. dairy farms, was celebrated January 29 at the 52nd annual National Mastitis Council (NMC) meeting in San Diego, Calif. Read more

Immigration reform could be on the horizon

Date: 
Thu, 01/31/2013

Senate proposal lays out separate path for farm labor with immigration reform.

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

Wisconsin State Fair to change entry protocol

Date: 
Wed, 01/30/2013

The long-standing county quota system has been eliminated.

boy with Guernsey calfBy Patti Hurtgen,
Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager
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Dairy product standards are outdated

Date: 
Tue, 01/29/2013

The International Dairy Foods Association plans to introduce federal legislation to update some of these dairy standards.

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

Let's cut the slack in volunteering

Date: 
Mon, 01/28/2013

Finding volunteers continues to be a challenge in many agricultural organizations. A new book outlines a way through to an effective, efficient, volunteer army.

by Lucas Sjostrom, Contributing Editor

To me, 4-H meetings were a place to get things done. We made money through hard work and gave it to the homeless. I balanced our club's 4-H checkbook as treasurer (with what I thought was a HUGE sum of money – over $1,000!). When I was able to serve as our county's federation president as a high schooler, I even participated in my first-ever job interview and hiring process as we searched for a new 4-H program coordinator. Read more

Idaho dairy worker pleads guilty to animal abuse

Date: 
Fri, 01/25/2013

Police still searching for two other employees.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

A degree of closure has come in the sensational animal abuse video case that occurred in Idaho last October. Read more

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