HD Notebook

The economic outlook for the Upper Midwest

Date: 
Wed, 04/06/2011

The Cooperative Network, a federation of cooperatives in Minnesota and Wisconsin, held their annual dairy policy and leadership conference yesterday and today in Rochester, Minn. On Tuesday, a panel of four Dairy Industry Advisory Committee members discussed some of the thoughts and reasons behind the 23 recommendations they presented in early March. Read more

Dairy recommended as a cornerstone in American diets

Date: 
Tue, 04/05/2011

Every five years, the federal government releases updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans, making recommendations on servings for the various food groups. Milk and dairy products continue to be an important entity in a healthy diet. Read more

Turley daughters matching Challenges at Hoard Farm

Date: 
Mon, 04/04/2011

At the Hoard Farm’s recent classification, farm manager Jason Yurs and the Hoard’s Dairyman editors were discussing the best bulls used over the past decade. Idle Gold E Challenge-ET 1GU418 topped the short list of two with 7GU394 Penny Lane Royal Oak Turley coming in a close second. So far, Challenge is topping Turley based on health traits and higher udder scores. Read more

California’s drought over . . . or so they say

Date: 
Fri, 04/01/2011

There’s a war for acres going on

Date: 
Thu, 03/31/2011

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Whole Foods begins animal welfare labeling

Date: 
Wed, 03/30/2011

Whole Foods Market is phasing in a new five-step animal welfare rating program for all chicken, beef, and pork products (Click here for their animal welfare page). At the least, all animal products must meet an audited rating of Step 1 to be found in Whole Foods stores. Read more

The farmer’s shrinking share

Date: 
Tue, 03/29/2011

New USDA analysis shows that farmers are receiving less of each retail dollar spent. Numbers in 2008 showed a 20 percent share, but new data cuts that number to 12 percent of the food dollar going to those that actually grow or produce the food consumers purchase at food stores. Read more

Farm children are suffering fewer injuries

Date: 
Mon, 03/28/2011

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New Arizona Extension Dairy Specialist

Date: 
Fri, 03/25/2011


Arizona dairy producers’ toolbox of resources and expertise has become tremendously bigger with the announcement that Dr. John Smith has been hired as the new University of Arizona Extension Dairy Specialist. It is a major coup for the state. Read more

February milk was up . . . but not as much

Date: 
Thu, 03/24/2011

Milk output during February in the top 23 states was up 2.4 percent over a year ago. But the growth rate was down slightly from 2.5 percent in January. Nationally, February output was up 2.0 percent compared to 2.1 in January. During 2010, U.S. milk production was up 1.8 percent. Read more

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