HD Notebook

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

High forage is their dietary strategy

Thu, 02/07/2013

While feeding high-forage diets has economic advantages, there are challenges inherent in its adoption.

by Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

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Trying to do more with less

Wed, 02/06/2013

Time and resources limit teaching efforts. Contests should facilitate learning, not just provide scores.

FFA members judge dairy cattleby Patti Hurtgen,
Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager
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“God made a farmer,” but did he make an advocate?

Tue, 02/05/2013

Dodge’s Super Bowl commercial easily struck a cord with farmers across the U.S. But average Americans found a way to relate, too.

by Lucas Sjostrom, contributing editor

“On the 8th day,” Paul Harvey begins, “God looked down on his planned paradise and said, ‘I need a caretaker.’”

With that, my Super Bowl party fell silent. Did yours? Read more

Milk production and dairy farms continue to consolidate

Mon, 02/04/2013

Only 193 of our nation’s 3,143 counties accounted for 75 percent of all milk production. Put another way, 10,000 farms produced 80 percent of the U.S. milk.

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

Milk quality superstars honored

Fri, 02/01/2013

Awards celebrate what is already occurring on dairy farms.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

Excellence in what is not only possible for the production of superb quality milk, but what is already taking place on U.S. dairy farms, was celebrated January 29 at the 52nd annual National Mastitis Council (NMC) meeting in San Diego, Calif. Read more

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