HD Notebook

Down Under: Learning – One part books, one part hard work, and one part hands-on experience.

Date: 
Tue, 05/31/2011

Earlier this month, we were introduced to Anna Gibson, a Washington State University student who is working on a dairy in Tasmania, an Australian island. She shares stories from her first week “down under.” We will continue to keep you updated on Anna’s adventure as the summer (her winter) progresses. Read more

Support for Rural and Small-Town Schools

Date: 
Sat, 05/28/2011

My hometown has a population of about 5,000 people, and it is the largest town in my county. There were almost 450 students in my high school, and the surrounding schools had fewer students and were located in much more rural areas, some literally in the middle of a cornfield. Read more

A new attitude about growth in California?

Date: 
Fri, 05/27/2011

California took over as the largest U.S. dairy state in 1994 and for the last nine years has made more milk than No. 2 and No. 3 combined. For over 40 years, it thrived by embracing a business philosophy of “operate on a big scale and expand constantly,” but the 2009 recession appears to have made a profound change to that attitude. Read more

We’re the real animal welfare authorities

Date: 
Thu, 05/26/2011

“A few special interest groups have managed to hi-jack the term ‘animal welfare’ and managed to create the illusion that they are the animal welfare experts”, said Jennifer Walker, D.V.M., at the Minnesota Dairy Health Conference last week. “I think that it is time that we re-gain ownership of the term and become the welfare advocates and experts the public expects us to be.” Read more

USDA gives environmental nod to pasture

Date: 
Wed, 05/25/2011

In recent years, it seems that more opinions have given credence to the notion that raising high-producing cows in freestall barns, storing manure in lagoons, and storing silage in bunkers are all better for the environment.

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Brands could soon to be out as ID choice for ranchers

Date: 
Tue, 05/24/2011

USDA finally appears ready to make a decision on national ID. Read more

Special June 2011 Issue of Hoard's Dairyman

Date: 
Mon, 05/23/2011

An anniversary only comes around once a year, and Hoard's Dairyman has celebrated plenty of them! This year marks the 126th anniversary of the publication. After great fanfare with our 125th anniversary featuring the painting of the new Foster Mothers of the Human Race, website redesign, and trifold cover, we had the challenge to again "step it up" this year. Read more

More fuel for the anti-ethanol fire

Date: 
Fri, 05/20/2011

Opposition to the federal government’s seemingly single-minded support of ethanol production as a solution to help the U.S. become more energy self-sufficient reached a new boiling point last week, with introduction of a broadly supported bill in the Senate that calls for an end to all ethanol subsidies.

It’s about time. Read more

Our milk production growth slowed

Date: 
Thu, 05/19/2011

April milk production in the top 23 states was up just 1.7 percent over a year ago. This represents a slowing of milk production growth from earlier this year. Milk production nationally during the first quarter of 2011 was up 2.2 percent. Across the U.S., milk production was up 1.5 percent in April. Read more

Cost-benefit of an Idaho digester

Date: 
Wed, 05/18/2011

While at the sixth annual AgSTAR conference last week, Jerry Bingold had plenty to announce. First, he explained all the initiatives that the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy was taking part in, and they were plentiful. Beyond their own initiative to map the carbon footprint of the U.S. Read more

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