HD Notebook

Cost-price squeeze getting tighter

Date: 
Thu, 12/02/2010

This Tuesday, USDA released its monthly Milk-Feed Price Ratio, which was 2.22 for November, down notably from October's 2.4o. The ratio was 2.26 last November. (The Milk-Feed Price Ratio reflects the pounds of a 16 percent-mixed dairy ration equal to the value of 1 pound of milk.) The drop in the ratio for November came as a result of a lower milk price and higher feed costs. Read more

Taken in moderation

Date: 
Tue, 11/30/2010

While dairy operations become more efficient and populations grow, the objective is to see consumption of dairy products increase, which ensures a strong long-term demand for our nutrient-rich products. Read more

Land values heading up in corn and bean country

Date: 
Mon, 11/29/2010

Where are land prices headed? They are up everywhere except where dairy cows are found. That’s the short answer to a more complicated question. Read more

Workers’ comp rates in top 10 dairy states

Date: 
Fri, 11/26/2010

Making milk in the nation’s largest dairy state is expensive, and part of the reason why are workers’ compensation insurance rates that are among the highest in the U.S. Read more

Milk production up, futures down

Date: 
Thu, 11/25/2010

Milk production nationally was up 2.9 percent during October, marking eight straight months during which milk production was higher than the same month last year. Cow numbers were up just 0.2 percent during October, but milk per cow was up just over 2.6 percent. Compared to the previous year, milk per cow has been up every month during 2010 except January. Read more

Three little red ladies

Date: 
Wed, 11/24/2010

We recently received a note from Scott Crandell, a dairy nutritionist in Mifflintown, Pa. One of his clients, Centerview Farm also of Mifflintown, experienced a remarkable delivery this fall. Read more

Western herds show a profit during early 2010

Date: 
Tue, 11/23/2010

For the first time in over two years, many western U.S. dairy herds began showing a small profit. While these positive numbers are a welcome sight for many dairy farmers, they fall way short of making up for losses during 2008 and 2009.

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Confidence and Competence

Date: 
Mon, 11/22/2010

While driving home yesterday, I heard the end of a radio show with some interesting content. It prompted me to look into the topic a bit more. Read more

World's first robotic rotary parlor announced

Date: 
Fri, 11/19/2010

Once upon a time, all cows were milked by hand and the job got done just fine. Then one day technology brought a new tool for dairy producers to consider: milking machines. The evolution of technology never stops, so in 1992 another option arrived to consider: individual robotic milking stalls. Read more

Should we buy more cows for the Hoard farm?

Date: 
Thu, 11/18/2010

There is always something going on at the Hoard’s Dairyman Farm. This week, one of the irons in the fire has been looking at the impact of buying 35 Jersey cows.

Here’s how we approached the issue: First, our Jerseys are eating 40 pounds of dry matter, which we value at 9.6 cents per pound or $3.84 per cow per day. For the group, feed cost would be $134.40 per day. Read more

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