HD Notebook

Corn dry-down concerns for a wetter year

Date: 
Tue, 08/24/2010

There is a lot of concern about dry-down rates of the forage and grain in this year's corn silage crop, according to Joe Lauer, corn agronomist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Some people are concerned that the grain will get too hard and be drier than stover when harvested and placed into storage. Read more

New Genomics tests now available

Date: 
Mon, 08/23/2010

Two new genomic tests just hit the market. Not only can Holstein breeders test females on the traditional 50K test, but they can also use the just released 3K SNP (single-nucleotide polymorphism) and the 800K (HD) test. Meanwhile, the American Jersey Cattle Association also released the 3K chip to breeders. Read more

Hoard's Dairyman Bull List is ready to download

Date: 
Fri, 08/20/2010

The August 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. Read more

Milk quality improved again in 2009

Date: 
Thu, 08/19/2010

2009 was an awful year for producer milk prices, but another good one for milk quality.

According to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, average bulk tank somatic cell count (BTSCC) for milk in the U.S. improved significantly in 2009 for the second year in a row. Read more

July milk jumps 3 percent

Date: 
Wed, 08/18/2010

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Released this afternoon, July milk from the 23 major dairy states was up 3 percent from July 2009 totaling 15.2 billion pounds from 8.37 million head. That gain is 2.9 percent higher than June totals. The national herd from these states was 8.37 million head, 26,000 fewer than July 2009 but 19,000 more milk cows than last month. Read more

Hoard's Dairyman Editorial Internship

Date: 
Tue, 08/17/2010

As the Hoard’s Dairyman editorial intern, you have the opportunity to dabble in many aspects of the dairy and publishing worlds. From being a regular contributor to the magazine, to visiting dairies around the country, and spending a day with the marketing department, the internship allows you to see the steps needed to get Hoard’s Dairyman delivered to your mailbox. Read more

Ag overtime bill vetoed in California

Date: 
Mon, 08/16/2010

A bill that would have set a national precedent by reducing the number of hours California farm employees must work in order to qualify for overtime pay has been vetoed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Read more

Record corn and bean crops forecast, but use up, too

Date: 
Fri, 08/13/2010

Corn production is forecast at a record high 13.4 billion bushels, up 2 percent from the previous record set in 2009, according to USDA's Crop Production report issued yesterday. Based on conditions as of August 1, yields are expected to average a record-high 165.0 bushels per acre, up 0.3 bushel from last year’s record of 164.7. Read more

Temple Grandin the movie, now on DVD

Date: 
Thu, 08/12/2010

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Ready for the farm show: Do you have a "short list" ready?

Date: 
Wed, 08/11/2010

Under the summer sun is a popular place to showcase the latest corn hybrids, new equipment, and the latest technologies at annual farm shows. One for example, Empire Farm Days, the largest outdoor farm show in the Northeast, is being held this week in Seneca Falls, N.Y. Read more

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