HD Notebook

Dairying Down Under: It’s a Friesian

Date: 
Tue, 07/05/2011

“Wow, the Holsteins here are smaller than the ones back home!” I said while walking to work with a co-worker.

“You must be American. Those black and whites are Friesians, not Holsteins.” Read more

The State of Rural Veterinary Medicine

Date: 
Sat, 07/02/2011

For many years, we have heard about the shortage of veterinarians willing to practice in the agricultural industry. Recruitment was stepped up, publicity grew in industry circles, and scholarship and loan forgiveness programs were started, all focusing on veterinary students interested in large-animal practice. Read more

Whew! That was a close one

Date: 
Fri, 07/01/2011

Sanity flickered in Washington D.C. last week that greatly reduces the potential of an animal health catastrophe occurring in U.S. agriculture. It is, however, only the first step in a process that is far from over. Read more

New Zealand capitalizes on international dairy demand

Date: 
Thu, 06/30/2011

New Zealand has followed a similar economic trend to its biggest customer, supplier, and investor, Australia, and it hasn’t been pretty. But New Zealand is now beginning to mimic Australia’s resource-driven strengths. Read more

Where do I find more information about the Farm Bill?

Date: 
Wed, 06/29/2011

The Farm Bill needs help. It needs help from both political parties and all regions of our country. But don’t panic, this happens quite often – every 5 years or so, in fact.

The Farm Bill is said to be our country’s contract with our food producers and food consumers. Every person has his or her own definition of what the Farm Bill should or should not be. But we’ll take a look at where to find more information on previous Farm Bills, and next week I’ll examine who will be at the table for the 2012 (or 2013, or 2014…) Farm Bill.

Where to look Read more

Holstein USA honors three

Date: 
Tue, 06/28/2011

Last week, I attended the National Holstein Convention in Virginia, and so did over 1,000 Holstein enthusiasts from across the United States. The four-day event was full of meetings, tours, junior competitions, a national sale, and fellowship. Read more

Join the dairy policy debate

Date: 
Mon, 06/27/2011

The Foundation for the Future (FFTF) is the most researched and, hence, most debated dairy policy plan being proposed to reform the nation’s dairy policy. While other ideas and proposals exist, FFTF has been scored by Congressional Budget Office and is being prepared for legislation. Read more

Building for the future

Date: 
Fri, 06/24/2011

On a recent trip to Minnesota, I visited several farms that were in the process of bringing the next generation into the family business or contemplating starting the process. The farms varied greatly in cow numbers (100 to 1,500 cows), philosophy, and facilities, but they all shared one common goal. Read more

Half-Marathon participants prefer chocolate milk, too

Date: 
Thu, 06/23/2011

This past weekend, Fort Atkinson Wis., the home of Hoard’s Dairyman, hosted the second annual Fort Atkinson Half-Marathon, with over 500 participants.
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The chocolate milk talk just won’t die

Date: 
Wed, 06/22/2011

We’ve talked about it before (see our blog, Wars we wage in dairy and agriculture and our editorial from the June 2011 issue, Keep chocolate milk in schools), but, like heat in the summer, the issue of what to do about chocolate milk just won’t go away. Read more

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