HD Notebook

U.S. milk per herd growth has been amazing

Fri, 11/23/2012

Average annual output per dairy has more than tripled in 20 years.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

In both good times and bad, U.S. dairy producers keep cranking out more milk per herd. Here’s what we mean:

• In 1992, average total milk production per dairy in the U.S. was 1.15 million pounds. Read more

Corn and milk move hand-in-hand

Thu, 11/22/2012

The drought drove corn prices up while product demand supports our milk price.

by Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor Read more

Finding our face

Wed, 11/21/2012

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance is looking for the new face of farming and ranching. Two dairy producers are amongst the finalists.

by Lucas Sjostrom, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

Deciding who agriculture’s spokespersons should be is not a debate. Now, it’s a vote. Read more

USDA releases milk production and cow numbers for October

Tue, 11/20/2012

Milk production in October per cow up one pound

by Patti Hurtgen, Hoard's Dairyman Online Media Manager

October 2012 milk production
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Don’t blame nutrition for fresh cow problems

Mon, 11/19/2012

Look to this list of 11 issues that derail transition cows.

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

“Introduction to Dairy Stockmanship” video

Fri, 11/16/2012

Dairy CARE365 Training video

Cattle handling is the first topic of what will be many instructional lessons.

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

All cows can have a somatic cell count below 200,000

Thu, 11/15/2012

Seven steps that allow you to establish an effective mastitis control program.

by Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor Read more

Dairy farmers have a new friend in Congress

Wed, 11/14/2012

Congressman-elect David Valadao is a partner in his family’s 1,700-cow dairy operation.

by Lucas Sjostrom, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

Agriculture has some friends in Washington, D.C. But it has been some time since dairy producers had one of their own in town. Read more

Reduce shrink to extend forages.

Tue, 11/13/2012

Dan Undersander

Drought-stressed alfalfa fields need extra attention

by Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

“Lack of water at optimal times cannot be made up later with additional rains or irrigation,” said Dan Undersander, when discussing the state of alfalfa stands, during the November 12 Hoard’s Dairyman webinar. “Once alfalfa goes without water, it is like a newborn calf that does not get adequate nutrition early in life. It will always be behind in its growth,” said the UW extension alfalfa specialist.

To help alfalfa cope with the drought, consider fertilizing the crop with potassium to improve winter survival. Also add sulfur to fields if needed. He stressed it was not too late to add this valuable element to your fields – just do it before it freezes. Read more

Even a little reproductive performance improvement pays off

Mon, 11/12/2012

Financial gains are biggest for high-producing herds.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

The higher your herd’s production average is, the more additional money you stand to make by making even small improvements in reproduction — more cows caught in heat sooner, more and earlier pregnancies, and shorter calving intervals.

Greg Bethard This message came from Greg Bethard (pictured), a dairy consultant and the assistant director for dairy technology at Dairy Records Management Systems at North Carolina State University, during the 7th annual Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council annual meeting in Sacramento, Calif., November 8 and 9. Read more

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