HD Notebook

Moods are positive at BIG Western Dairy conference

Date: 
Thu, 03/10/2011

Even though costs, especially feed costs, are climbing, so are milk prices, and the prospect of higher milk prices have put many dairymen and their suppliers in a more positive mood. That is evident in the hallway discussion at the 10th bi-annual Western Dairy Management Conference being held this week at Reno. Read more

Milk stabilization poll

Date: 
Wed, 03/09/2011

With all the recent discussion around possible dairy legislation in 2011, it is no wonder that there are so many different opinions, and dollar figures, on the subject. Read more

How much do consumers really know about dairy?

Date: 
Tue, 03/08/2011

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the seventh Young Dairy Leaders Institute in Albuquerque, New Mex. Read more

Two studies find milk stabilization benefits producers

Date: 
Mon, 03/07/2011

The financial divide stands at nearly $3.8 billion. That is a substantial pay gap when it comes to milk checks for the nation’s dairy producers during 2009. Read more

A 2010 snapshot of U.S. dairying

Date: 
Fri, 03/04/2011

America’s dairy industry shrank again in 2010 in terms of both cow and farm numbers, yet produced more milk, according to data released last month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Closer scrutiny of those numbers produces this snapshot of the industry: Read more

Milk prices staying ahead of feed costs . . . barely

Date: 
Thu, 03/03/2011

The Milk-Feed Price Ratio for February was 1.96. That is the pounds of a 16 percent-protein complete ration we could purchase with 1 pound of milk. The ratio for last February was 2.36, higher largely because of much lower feed costs. Read more

Everything is right around the corner

Date: 
Wed, 03/02/2011

It’s that time of year. The snow is about to leave us, baseball games will be televised, and demand for ice cream will increase. In theory, higher milk prices, feed costs, and haymaking season will be here before we know it, too. Read more

Learn from our mistakes

Date: 
Tue, 03/01/2011

We are quite familiar with the phase, “We all learn from our mistakes.” Nothing smacks you in the face as a poor decision, but, once that mistake is made, it is rarely repeated by the same person. We need to learn from the decision and move forward. Read more

Cow judging entries due in less than four weeks

Date: 
Mon, 02/28/2011

In a few short weeks, the March 10 issue featuring the Jersey contest class will hit your mailbox. If you would like to enter as an individual or a family, there is a postage-paid entry card in that issue. Read more

Winners and Losers

Date: 
Sat, 02/26/2011

I had a pretty expensive week. First I went to the co-op and picked up new tires for the truck. Then, I went to the dentist for my new crown. Finally, I filled up my truck with fuel!

That joke, or lack thereof, was courtesy of my grandfather. Read more

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