HD Notebook

Making a dairy big difference

Date: 
Tue, 09/20/2011

While it’s not June, it’s always in season to promote dairy.

Take time to assess frost-damaged corn

Date: 
Mon, 09/19/2011

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Symptoms may appear shortly, but full assessments should take place in a week.

9 tips for cooling dairy cows

Date: 
Fri, 09/16/2011

If you can’t do everything at once, here’s where to start.

Dairy cows like cool weather; they do not do like heat or humidity. Some management experts have even described them as “little heaters inside a leather bag.”

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Bill introduced to improve food safety

Date: 
Thu, 09/15/2011

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In an effort to strengthen food safety in the U.S., Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced a bill to improve consumer confidence and focus attentions on emerging pathogens.

Top dairy reproduction research to be presented this November

Date: 
Wed, 09/14/2011

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DCRC’s two-day meeting gives us a chance to learn from top researchers and producers.

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What are your dairy challenges?

Date: 
Tue, 09/13/2011

Dairy operations are as varied as the people who own them.

Various factors contribute to each herd’s success and challenges – financial footing, labor, feedstuff availability, weather, and family dynamics. Each operation must assess its current status and make decisions that are the best fit for them today and in the future. These may not be the ideal option for their neighbor. Read more

September 11 and dairy farming

Date: 
Mon, 09/12/2011

Many lives have changed greatly since that fateful day.

We watched the September 11 special on the History Channel last night, “102 minutes that changed America.” It was moving, to say the least. Read more

Western milk production costs dropped in 2010

Date: 
Fri, 09/09/2011

Milk prices were up, feed was down, and dairies were profitable once again

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Battered and bruised, but also leaner and wiser, most large Western dairy farms made a profit in 2010. It was a much-needed turnaround from the financial disaster a year before.

According to income and cost summaries from Genske, Mulder & Co. LLP, the nation’s largest dairy accounting firm, profits were generally good, but not spectacular.

Average profit per cow for all of the firm’s clients was $279. It was a crucial turnaround from the $655 loss suffered the previous year and an important first step toward rebuilding lost equity. But a few more years like it are needed for milk producers to recoup all of their losses. Read more

Be thankful for a dairy infrastructure

Date: 
Thu, 09/08/2011

For some dairymen a stable dairy infrastructure is a luxury they don’t have.

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“Useless majors” aren’t so useless

Date: 
Wed, 09/07/2011

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The Daily Beast (www.thedailybeast.com), an online news site which merged with Newsweek this year, printed their list of the "20 Most Useless College Majors." Let’s just say, we don’t think they nailed it.

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