HD Notebook

The tradition of dairy twilight meetings

Tue, 08/16/2011

Where dairy farms are plentiful, the tradition continues.

Bill Barlass explains some plans for the future to the crowd during last night’s twilight meeting at Barlass Jerseys. Read more

Hate high hay shipping costs? This won’t help

Mon, 08/15/2011

Guess which costs more: far away by ship or close by truck?

Benefit from 3-A-Day

Sat, 08/13/2011

Elevated levels of dairy product consumption during teen years has life-long benefits

Dairy product consumption in adults has been associated with a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes (T2D). Tracing this trend back, researchers set out to evaluate the relationship between dairy product consumption during adolescence and risk of Type 2 diabetes in adulthood. Read more

August Hoard’s Dairyman Bull List ready to download

Fri, 08/12/2011

Top 50 genomic Holstein bulls over 750 Net Merit.

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Keep eye on food safety

Thu, 08/11/2011

It is our responsibility to provide a safe, nutritious food supply.

Go ahead, butter-fy yourself!

Wed, 08/10/2011

Great fun at the Minnesota State Fair!

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Accurate Records: Links in the Dairy Food Chain

Tue, 08/09/2011

Responsible antibiotic use is everyone’s responsibility.

The veterinarian, herd owner, and employees handling medications all need to be aware of the guidelines and rules involving antibiotic treatments for dairy cattle and have accurate records. Read more

Help recognize milk quality’s shining stars

Mon, 08/08/2011

The National Dairy Quality Awards strive to recognize the best in quality milk production.

Do you know a dairy producer who deserves to be recognized for outstanding milk quality? Read more

When working with dairy bulls, be vigilant

Sat, 08/06/2011

Whether you work with bulls every day or once a year, remember to be cautious.

We all know someone affected by an encounter with a dairy bull. These encounters don’t end well for anyone involved and could be avoided. Read more

Robotic milking is for big herds, too

Fri, 08/05/2011

Recent international installations are approaching 1,000 cows

Robotic milking hasn’t taken off in the U.S. yet, but just wait. And don’t think it is just for small herds. Two recently announced very different projects in Europe have capacities that are close to, or right at, 1,000 cows each.

Individual voluntary milking stall robots have been around for over 20 years, but can only handle 60 to 70 cows per day. Smaller dairies are attracted to them, which is why most installations have just one or two units. Bigger dairies – up to 800 cows – are the focus of a new automatic milking rotary parlor technology announced last fall by DeLaval (pictured here.)

Announcements by the company in June and July point out that dairies with large herds are already adopting both technologies. Read more

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