HD Notebook

Lobbying for dairy: Is there a wrong way?

Date: 
Mon, 05/02/2011

As we’ve said before, farmers, industry professionals, and educators need to continue lobbying for dairy as much as we can. School teachers, supermarkets, and senators alike need to be reminded of just how important dairy is to human nutrition, local economics, and the international trade balance.


But is there a wrong way to lobby for dairy?

The Watertown (N.Y.) Daily News reported this morning that two cooperative employees have contributed to the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) PAC (Political Action Committee) in March. You can read the full article here: http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20110502/NEWS02/305029981 Read more

Do BRD and feed efficiency have genetic links?

Date: 
Fri, 04/29/2011

Animal scientists at Washington State University think they do and are embarking on an extensive research project with several other universities that they hope will identify genetic markers that can be used by cattle breeders to eventually “breed out” BRD traits and identify animals having greater genetic potential for feed efficiency. Read more

Animal abuse: Whose side are you on?

Date: 
Thu, 04/28/2011

If you are an active online agriculturalist (or “agvocate” as it is termed in pro-agriculture Twitter and Facebook circles like #AgChat), you have probably realized that the New York Times and its associated editorial board is often more foe than friend. On Tuesday, the NYT editorial board gave another big finger shake towards animal agriculture. Read more

20 Dairy Spring Cleaning Tips

Date: 
Wed, 04/27/2011

It may not seem like spring weather, but spring is here! That means it’s time to clean, replace, and check on your equipment and facilities. David Bray at the University of Florida provided several items on this checklist for your dairy farm’s spring cleaning list. Read more

Wars we wage in dairy and agriculture

Date: 
Tue, 04/26/2011

Have you ever been in the middle of a huge mess or fight with no exit door? But when you think about it, you’re not exactly sure what got you into the chaos in the first place? Read more

Cool weather will slow corn germination

Date: 
Mon, 04/25/2011

Under ideal conditions, corn will emerge in 10 days or less after planting. But, the cool, wet weather throughout much of the Corn Belt during April has been anything but ideal. Read more

Fame! Fortune! Forage!

Date: 
Fri, 04/22/2011

Can you farm with the best of ‘em? Then let’s see it. Read more

U.S. March milk output up 2.2 percent

Date: 
Thu, 04/21/2011

Milk production continues to climb. Across all 50 states, milk production in March was up 2.2 percent over last year. Milk production has been above the previous year’s level for 13 months in a row. Read more

Dairy exports running strong

Date: 
Wed, 04/20/2011

The value of dairy products exported during January and February totaled nearly $675 million, up 52 percent from the same two months a year ago. Mexico was the largest buyer, by far, importing $143 million worth of dairy products, a 34 percent rise from January and February of 2010. Read more

Health is definitely a key “H” in 4-H

Date: 
Tue, 04/19/2011


We are very familiar with the four H’s: (head, heart, hands, and health) in the 4-H pledge. But now the “health for better living” holds even more meaning. Read more

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