HD Notebook

Midwest dairy judging teams shine at NAILE

Tue, 11/12/2013

In a tough competition, two of the contests were won by a point or less.

by Abby Bauer, Hoard's Dairyman Associate Editor

Three dairy judging contests were held at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky., on Sunday, November 10. In all, 43 teams participated in the collegiate, post-secondary and youth contests.

Top 4-H teams tie
A tie-breaker was needed to split the top two teams in the 4-H contest. In the end, Minnesota earned the first-place position while their neighbor, Wisconsin, was second. These top two teams in the 4-H contest finished with 1,796 points, 31 points ahead of third place Pennsylvania. New York was fourth, and Michigan was fifth. Read more

Improved reproduction begins with healthy cows

Mon, 11/11/2013

Avoid negative energy balance, which has been shown to lead to negative reproductive performance in dairy cows.

by Abby Bauer, Hoard's Dairyman Associate Editor

Jose Eduardo SantosHigh milk production is oftentimes linked to poor reproductive performance in dairy cattle. However, a loss of body condition associated with insufficient feed intake may be more to blame, explained Jose Eduardo P. Santos from the University of Florida. Santos spoke at the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council annual meeting last week in Indianapolis, Ind.

Dairy cattle face many health challenges after calving. In fact, approximately 50 percent of cows in the United States suffer from at least one disease event during the first 60 days in milk, said Santos. Read more

Another Dairy Cattle Reproductive Council meeting in the books

Sat, 11/09/2013

People from around the globe met to discuss dairy cattle reproduction this week.

by Abby Bauer, Hoard's Dairyman Associate Editor

DCRC welcome signThe 8th annual Dairy Cattle Reproductive Council (DCRC) meeting wrapped up yesterday in Indianapolis, Ind. More than 240 individuals from across the country and the world attended the two-day event on November 7 and 8, 2013.

The DCRC annual meeting has become a gathering place for university and industry researchers, dairy producers, veterinarians, artificial insemination company representatives and more to discuss current trends in dairy cattle reproduction. Information was shared through numerous presentations, posters and trade show exhibits. Read more

Honors bestowed for top reproduction

Fri, 11/08/2013

Five awarded as platinum winners.

by Abby Bauer, Hoard's Dairyman Associate Editor

Dairy Cattle Reproduction CouncilThe top herds for reproduction received their awards at the 8th annual Dairy Cattle Reproductive Council meeting in Indianapolis, Ind. This is the fifth year that herds have been honored for reproductive success.
The 2013 Platinum award winners include:

  • Curtin Dairy, Cassville, New York
  • Dunlea Dairy, Coudersport, Pennsylvania
  • New Dawn Dairy, Huntington, Indiana
  • Schilling Farms, Darlington, Wisconsin
  • University of Missouri Southwest Dairy Center, Mount Vernon, Missouri
Read more

A dairy advertising phenomenon turns 20

Fri, 11/08/2013

got milk?

“got milk?” quickly became a part of American culture . . . and still is.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

Advertising campaigns tend to live briefly, see marginal success, and be forgotten quickly. But every once in a while something wildly, madly, profoundly extraordinary happens.

Who could have ever imagined, though, that a simple two-word slogan for the dairy industry would be one of them?

“got milk?” turned 20 last month. Forget dog years; that’s as old as the pyramids on advertising clocks. The campaign put milk into public awareness like maybe never before, spawned perhaps more copycat spinoffs than any promotion in history, and literally became a part of American culture. Read more

Greek yogurt isn’t a passing fad

Thu, 11/07/2013

New York has quadrupled its Greek yogurt production since 2008.

by Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

Greek yogurt. It’s what gave New York the push it needed to pass California as the top yogurt producing state in the nation. Last year, California represented 13 percent of U.S. yogurt production. Meanwhile, New York accounted for almost 16 percent.

The switching of the ranks in 2012 went hand-in-hand with the growth of Greek yogurt consumption and New York’s leading production of this product. This data comes from a dairy markets and policy research paper from Robert Boynton and Andrew Novakovic at Cornell University (http://dairy.wisc.edu/PubPod/Pubs/RP13-01.pdf).

Greek yogurt production

But, who’s going Greek, what do they want, and does it come at a cost to other products? Read more

Recognize leaders to honor and inspire

Wed, 11/06/2013

Don’t wait to show appreciation to those you admire.

By Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

People do not like filling out forms, they don’t want to seem self-promoting or don’t feel their contributions are award-worthy. While struggling for candidates, the eventual winners always seem to be top-notch and well-deserving, but getting those initial applicants can be difficult. At Hoard’s Dairyman, one of my responsibilities is to stay up-to-date with industry news which I share through the magazine’s media outlets. There are announcements throughout the year searching for various award nominees from breed associations, dairy organizations and industry groups that flood our industry. I have served on awards committees and at times, garnering a significant number of nominees can be a challenge. Read more

Compost bedded pack barns can work

Tue, 11/05/2013

Facility design, space and frequent stirring are essential elements in successful compost bedded pack barns.

by Abby Bauer, Hoard's Dairyman Associate Editor

cow on bedded pack“Compost barns are not your grandfather’s bedded pack,” explained Jeffrey Bewley, assistant professor from the University of Kentucky, at the Missouri Grazing Conference last month. Initially hesitant about compost bedded pack barns, Bewley studied many of these facilities in Kentucky and the surrounding area. From his observations, Bewley identified three main keys to successful compost bedded pack barns.

Construct the building properly. Select a site that maximizes natural ventilation. In Kentucky, Bewley recommended an east/west orientation. The barn should be at a location that is slightly elevated, and a clay or concrete base works best. Read more

Global milk production picking up steam

Mon, 11/04/2013

After sluggish production last year, Europe and New Zealand milk production is now expanding. The U.S. is steady.

milk tanks

by Corey A. Geiger, Hoard's Dairyman Managing Editor

While milk production never really missed a beat in the U.S., even with last year’s drought, the same could not be said for New Zealand and Europe. That was last year, and a new set of circumstances is reversing those trends this production season.

Among the world’s major milk suppliers, only the U.S expanded milk flow in 2012. Last year, the U.S. boosted milk output by 2.1 percent. This year, milk production could rise by 1 to 1.5 percent. Read more

As temperatures fall, calf feed needs rise

Fri, 11/01/2013

Calves need more energy in cold weather just to stay alive.


by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

Welcome to November; it’s officially “that time of year” again.

Even if snow isn’t a normal part of winters where you dairy, colder temperatures are — and they’re a loud warning bell that the deadline has arrived to boost feeding quantity and/or quality for calves.

Less fat and total body mass mean younger animals in general are less able to deal with cold, wet and windy conditions than adult cows. Compared to mild months, all animals need more calories as temperatures fall in order to stay warm and fight off stress and sickness. To keep growing and thriving takes a lot more. Read more

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