HD Notebook

2012 was another banner year for dairy exports

Fri, 03/15/2013

Total value of products sold abroad exceeded $5 billion for the first time.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

Despite a slowdown the last six months, 2012 still turned out to be another record-setting export year for the U.S. dairy industry. Read more

Alfalfa quality is determined before the dairy cow takes her first bite

Thu, 03/14/2013

Once alfalfa is made, its nutritional value cannot be changed, so plan ahead.

damaged alfalfa plantBy Patti Hurtgen,
Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager
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NASS’s monthly Milk Production reports get axed . . . for now

Wed, 03/13/2013

Of the major ag commodity groups, dairy, and to some degree cattle, take the only hits in sequestration led budget cuts.

By Corey Geiger, Hoard’s Dairyman Managing Editor
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Dairy producers need to use and protect groundwater

Tue, 03/12/2013

We recognize groundwater as a valuable resource this week.

by Abby Huibregtse, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor Read more

We’ve made great strides in improving udders

Mon, 03/11/2013

Through classification and accurate assessment, udders are more functional than previous generations. Unfortunately, we have more work to do with feet and legs.

Professor Gordon AtkinsBy Corey Geiger, Hoard’s Dairyman Managing Editor Read more

Idaho dairy energy efficiency open house March 19

Fri, 03/08/2013

solar panels

Award-winning farmstead cheesemaker will show its comprehensive new energy conservation system.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

A firsthand look at what dairies are already doing to make, save and reduce energy use will be on display March 19 at Ballard Family Dairy and Cheese in Gooding, Idaho. The 80-cow Jersey dairy will host an open house at its big red barn at 520 S. 800 E. from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The focus of the event will be the energy conservation and production systems that the dairy installed last year with the help of USDA’s Rural Development and Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) programs, Idaho Power, EnSave, D.L. Evans Bank, and Site Based Energy. Dairy producers who attend the open house will receive a free Level 1 energy audit of their farms. Read more

Emerging nations hold the key to growth

Thu, 03/07/2013

Dairy's success will come from understanding our markets.

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

What’s in a name?

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

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

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

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