HD Notebook

Events in Japan impact the farm

Wed, 03/16/2011

We are globally connected. The earthquake, tsunami, and pending nuclear crisis in Japan have reminded us of that. Read more

Third Time is a Charm!

Tue, 03/15/2011

Hoard’s Dairyman’s third webinar was a great success! Dr. Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, presented “How milk production control plans compare.” He focused on three of the control plans, the Costa/Sanders bill(s), NMPF’s Foundation for the Future, and Marginal Milk Pricing. Read more

Hoard Jerseys see the appraiser

Mon, 03/14/2011

Last Tuesday, the Hoard Jersey herd which now numbers 147 cows was appraised by AJCA appraiser, Leah Johnson. We purchased the Jerseys from three Wisconsin herds, one Illinois herd, and one in Ohio. Most Jerseys are housed in our old tie stall barn that recently made a complete transformation into a free stall facility; a few dozen can be found in the new free stall barn, as well. Read more

Higher milk prices dominate talk at WDMC

Fri, 03/11/2011

Higher milk prices and the optimism they inspire are translating into a large, positive crowd this week at the 10th Western Dairy Management Conference in Reno, Nevada, that concludes today. Read more

Moods are positive at BIG Western Dairy conference

Thu, 03/10/2011

Even though costs, especially feed costs, are climbing, so are milk prices, and the prospect of higher milk prices have put many dairymen and their suppliers in a more positive mood. That is evident in the hallway discussion at the 10th bi-annual Western Dairy Management Conference being held this week at Reno. Read more

Milk stabilization poll

Wed, 03/09/2011

With all the recent discussion around possible dairy legislation in 2011, it is no wonder that there are so many different opinions, and dollar figures, on the subject. Read more

How much do consumers really know about dairy?

Tue, 03/08/2011

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the seventh Young Dairy Leaders Institute in Albuquerque, New Mex. Read more

Two studies find milk stabilization benefits producers

Mon, 03/07/2011

The financial divide stands at nearly $3.8 billion. That is a substantial pay gap when it comes to milk checks for the nation’s dairy producers during 2009. Read more

A 2010 snapshot of U.S. dairying

Fri, 03/04/2011

America’s dairy industry shrank again in 2010 in terms of both cow and farm numbers, yet produced more milk, according to data released last month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Closer scrutiny of those numbers produces this snapshot of the industry: Read more

Milk prices staying ahead of feed costs . . . barely

Thu, 03/03/2011

The Milk-Feed Price Ratio for February was 1.96. That is the pounds of a 16 percent-protein complete ration we could purchase with 1 pound of milk. The ratio for last February was 2.36, higher largely because of much lower feed costs. Read more

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