HD Notebook

Siding with the truth

Mon, 06/01/2015

A former animal rights investigator turned whistleblower pulls back the curtain on anti-agriculture activist tactics.

by Brittany Statz, 2015 Hoard’s Dairyman Editorial Intern

walking at nightIt’s no secret that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) vehemently opposes animal agriculture. Their commercials and Internet videos depict livestock farms as horror houses where abuse and neglect lurk around every corner. However, a new video from the Center for Consumer Freedom has surfaced, exposing an even uglier side to this organization. Read more

California processors propose pennies

Fri, 05/29/2015

Class 4b hearing next week will see farmers and plants light years apart – as usual.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

penniesEven if a federal milk marketing order (FMMO) does eventually come to California and next Wednesday’s public hearing in Sacramento winds up being the last time farmers and processors square off on opposite sides of a state-run pricing squabble, there is still no chance of them making up and walking out the door as friends. Read more

Play by the rules

Thu, 05/28/2015

Knowing the rules and regulations for hiring young employees on your dairy can save you — and them — from a world of problems.

by Brittany Statz, Hoard’s Dairyman Editorial Intern

child on a dairyMy dad grew up on a small dairy. Even though he left the farm, he always enjoyed telling stories about growing up on the farm. Dad’s best tale was about how their bull chased him through the woods before he climbed a tree to get out of the way. As one of nine children, danger just seemed to be a part of life for my father. Read more

Top universities for agriculture and forestry

Wed, 05/27/2015

Rankings highlight world’s leading institutions

By Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

dairy challenge 2012Where will I get the best agriculture education? Each year QS tackles that very topic by ranking the top universities in the world. There is an overall ranking and reviews on 36 major fields of study. The rankings are based on research impact, academic and employer reputation. Read more

Farmers and restaurants depend on trust

Tue, 05/26/2015

Fast-food leader McDonald’s and farmers around the world face some of the same challenges when it comes to consumer perception.

By Abby Bauer, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

HolsteinWhile our businesses look quite different on the outside, fast-food giant McDonald’s and production agriculturalists face many of the same challenges. One is the continuous struggle to defend against the “big is bad” perception held by some consumers. Read more

Big mozzarella plant expansion in New Zealand

Fri, 05/22/2015

Output is targeted at markets where U.S. exporters have been successful in recent years.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

herd of cows

The already competitive global pizza cheese market got a lot more challenging for U.S. companies last week, when New Zealand export giant Fonterra completed an expansion project that doubles the capacity of its mozzarella plant in Clandeboye on the nation’s large herd-dominated south island (seen above). Read more

Set cows up for a transition home run

Thu, 05/21/2015

To reduce aggressive interactions, house cows and heifers separately before calving.

By Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

group housed cowsAs herd animals, cows are highly susceptible to social interactions and hierarchical order. Negative interactions may elicit behavioral changes, which if severe and prolonged, could impair immune status and lead to an elevated incidence of health disorders. Read more

Agriculture dominates NCB’s Top 100 Co-op List

Wed, 05/20/2015

Cooperatives play an important role in community economics

By Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

Each year the National Cooperative’s Bank (NCB) generates a list of America’s top 100 cooperatives from the 30,000-plus that serve 350 million members in the United States. Generating the list helps educate the public about the value of cooperatives in society. Read more

Send clear signals to your cows

Tue, 05/19/2015

When it comes to animal handling, if a cow is not doing what we want her to do, there’s a good chance we did not ask her in the right way.

By Abby Bauer, Associate Editor

herd of Holsteins
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Talk it out

Mon, 05/18/2015

Having those hard conversations while creating a farm succession plan isn’t fun, but it is necessary.

By Brittany Statz, Hoard’s Dairyman Editorial Intern

farm manager and employeeMy fiancé and I find ourselves having important and sometimes difficult conversations with growing frequency. While some of those talks center around paint swatches and my swollen wedding boards on Pinterest, the most difficult conversations discuss the big decisions we’re going to need to make as we begin to take over his family’s dairy farm. Read more

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