HD Notebook

Three Midwest co-ops could merge by year’s end

Date: 
Fri, 11/02/2012

The new co-op to be called FarmFirst. It would rank second nationally for members.

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

$20 milk isn’t special anymore

Date: 
Fri, 11/02/2012

2012 prices look good, but don’t mean much these days.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

There’s a cruel irony to what has been one of the most destructive financial years that dairying has ever seen: The Class III milk price average in 2012 is likely to be the third highest in history. Read more

Ill cattle alter activity compared to healthy herdmates

Date: 
Thu, 11/01/2012

Most medium and large sized herds experience transition period disorders. Activity monitoring could help detect disease sooner.

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

Wisconsin’s future deserves a look to the past

Date: 
Wed, 10/31/2012

Wisconsin still leads in dairy farms and cheese, but gave the milk production title to California in 1993, nearly 20 years ago. What will the next few years bring?

by Lucas Sjostrom, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

Change is inevitable. It’s a fact of life. But some changes can be prevented. Read more

Farm bill likely to pass during lame duck session

Date: 
Tue, 10/30/2012

However, Congress will have a full plate after next Tuesday’s election.

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

Setting the record straight on reproductive hormones

Date: 
Mon, 10/29/2012

Pregnant cows contribute substantially more estrogens than any other source on the dairy farm.

by Paul Fricke, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Milo Wiltbank, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and J. Richard Pursley, Michigan State University Read more

Death is inevitable; estate taxes are not

Date: 
Fri, 10/26/2012

Straightforward legal planning will help a dairy continue being a dairy.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

Everyone dies eventually. But when a milk producer passes away it can also mean the end of the dairy, its jobs and family traditions unless some fairly straightforward legal planning has been done to prevent estate taxes from being fatal. Read more

The best welfare standards need a balanced approach

Date: 
Thu, 10/25/2012

The dairy industry has many reasons to be proud. Lameness is an area where we can improve.

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

We are in a war with terrorists

Date: 
Wed, 10/24/2012

Abuse videos are a guerilla tactic to turn public opinion against animal agriculture.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

Are you fed up yet with undercover videos that show cows being mistreated?

Are you sick and tired yet of how it makes you feel to see the dairy industry’s image trashed? Read more

FFA gains momentum

Date: 
Tue, 10/23/2012

National organization hits record-high membership.

FFA logoby Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manger Read more

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