HD Notebook

Dairy farm numbers fall under 50,000 operations

Thu, 02/21/2013

Only 1,960 dairies or 3.8 percent hang up milkers for the last time compared to the previous year. That’s tied for the sixth-smallest percentage drop since the count began in 1992.

2012 dairy farm numbersBy Corey Geiger, Hoard’s Dairyman Managing Editor Read more

A drop in the bucket

Wed, 02/20/2013

Lots of small contributions will grow dairy’s positive image.

Dairy Management Inc’s milk bottle pledge with milk dropsBy Patti Hurtgen,
Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager
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The climate may be changing without you

Tue, 02/19/2013

The weather changes every day, there’s no way around it. But is it a trend? Factors outside meteorologists, hurricanes and snowstorms can be offered as proof.

by Lucas Sjostrom, contributing editor Read more

What is your cost of production?

Mon, 02/18/2013

You can’t just go out there, feed them and squeeze them.

by Corey Geiger, Hoard’s Dairyman Managing Editor Read more

World Ag Expo was a sunny success

Fri, 02/15/2013

Event showcased a dairy automation pipeline that is brimming with innovations.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

World Ag Expo

It’s impossible to easily sum up the 46th annual World Ag Expo, which ended its three-day run yesterday in Tulare, Calif. Read more

Now’s the time to select your MILC start month

Thu, 02/14/2013

Flexibility to consider previous or current months as a start month ends February 28.

by Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

Milk Income Loss Contracts (MILC) were automatically extended through September 30, 2013, under the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. There is no need for producers to re-enroll in MILC. Read more

Some of the best things are free!

Wed, 02/13/2013

Dairy management programs offered at no cost.

by Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

Victor CabreraNo dairy herd is a cookie cutter of the next. Each have their own unique set of fixed costs, feed options and management criteria. Fortunately, there is software available that can be customized to each dairy – and they’re free!

Victor Cabrera, University of Wisconsin-Madison, presented “New dairy software tools and they’re free” webinar on Monday, February 11. He focused on three of the 40 dairy management programs available on the University of Wisconsin Extension website, under Management Tools. Read more

Let’s grow our market share

Tue, 02/12/2013

U.S. Department of Labor numbers show that many more have the opportunity to add value to our food.

by Lucas Sjostrom, contributing editor

Who touches your food? We often hear that 2 percent of people have jobs directly related to agriculture. I’m not sure if that number is high or low, but it just seems convenient. Read more

Milk may be white but it’s meeting the green challenge

Mon, 02/11/2013

With milk per cow up over 450 percent since 1944, U.S. milk production has reduced its carbon footprint.

by Corey Geiger, Hoard’s Dairyman Managing Editor Read more

Curtain about to rise at World Ag Expo

Fri, 02/08/2013

Farming’s biggest show takes the stage February 12-13-14.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor Read more

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