HD Notebook

Hoard's Dairyman Bull List is ready to download

Date: 
Fri, 12/10/2010

The December sire evaluations are ready for your review. We have created lists for all seven breeds. In the Holsteins, the Top 100 bulls for Net Merit are listed. All bulls must be in the top 40 percentile for Net Merit to be listed in the top lists for Fluid Merit, Cheese Merit, udders, feet and legs, productive life, somatic cell score, pregnancy rate, conception rate, and sire calving ease. Read more

China wants more milk; subsidizes A.I. use

Date: 
Thu, 12/09/2010

Chinese milk production will reach 67 billion pounds in 2011, up 5 percent from 2010. This is among the forecasts of a USDA Foreign Ag Service GAIN report (Global Agricultural Information Network). Read more

Dig further into manure

Date: 
Wed, 12/08/2010

One way that we at Hoard's Dairyman stay up to date on the newest research and tools is to subscribe to extension, research, and producer group newsletters. We gladly pass these newsletters around our editorial office to learn about the latest in dairy research. Just recently, we received the current newsletter from the Northeast Dairy Producers Association. Read more

More Bull = Less Hype

Date: 
Tue, 12/07/2010

It is December 7 and sire summary information has been released. It used to be a really exciting time when there were only two sire summaries per year, as the momentum would build in January and July. In my youth, several A.I. representatives were in the yard with their new information and full of enthusiasm soon after the information became official. Read more

Hoard cows have high feet and leg scores

Date: 
Mon, 12/06/2010

As a group, the Hoard Guernsey herd had outstanding feet and leg scores, averaging 81.86 points on 342 cows at the most recent classification. There are a number of reasons for their solid feet and legs: some is genetic, some is the facilities, but a lion’s share can be attributed to a diligent hoof-trimming program and the steady use of footbaths by the Hoard Farm crew headed up by Jason Yurs. Read more

Private donation endows new dairy center at Oregon State University

Date: 
Fri, 12/03/2010

An $860,000 donation from a husband and wife has created a new Dairy Center and dairy professorship in the Food Science and Technology Department at Oregon State University. Read more

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

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