HD Notebook

Harvesting dairy quality hay comes at a cost

Thu, 09/27/2012

Before you take a fall alfalfa cutting evaluate if it’s economically sound to do so.

by Amanda Smith, Hoard's Dairyman Associate Editor Read more

A vital earpiece

Wed, 09/26/2012

Do you need a smartphone? Nope. Could your farm afford one? Probably.

by Lucas Sjostrom, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

On the farm, the need for a smartphone depends on the user. But I could make the case that each farm could have one if they wanted. Your extra costs are about $100 initially (over two years) for the phone, plus about $40 worth of extra data fees per month assuming you already have a cellphone. That equates to what we’ll call $1,100 over two years once you add insurance, a case and a car charger. Can you get $1.45 per day paid back on the farm? Let’s try.


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The real-world experience of an internship

Tue, 09/25/2012

Hoard’s Dairyman editorial internship application due October 19

by Patti Hurtgen, Hoard's Dairyman Online Media Manager Read more

Farm bill shelved until November

Mon, 09/24/2012

The House of Representatives took no action on the farm bill in September. What does it mean for dairy?

by Corey Geiger, Hoard’s Dairyman Assistant Managing Editor

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Legal backlash to a derogatory food nickname

Fri, 09/21/2012

Beef processor files $1.2 billion suit against American Broadcasting Companies.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

The terms are all too familiar for those in animal agriculture: “growth hormone,” “mad cow disease” and “factory farm.” Read more

Three Irish dairymen pass away in manure storage accident

Thu, 09/20/2012

It’s a growing statistic. Take measures to prevent manure storage incidents on your dairy.

by Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor Read more

High potential for silo gas this year

Wed, 09/19/2012

by Dennis J. Murphy
The author is an extension safety specialist at Penn State University.

The combination of scorching heat and drought conditions heightens the potential for silo gas during harvest. Late-season rainfall on drought-stressed corn in manured fields could produce higher-than-average nitrates resulting in high gas levels in silos. Read more

Using the WDE App makes for a fun and organized experience

Tue, 09/18/2012

Smartphone app provides user tools to make trade show time more effective.

by Patti Hurtgen, Hoard's Dairyman Online Media Manager Read more

Livestock producers are feeling drought effects

Mon, 09/17/2012

Four individuals shared how the drought has impacted the areas they hail from.

by Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor Read more

Whatever you’ve heard about California's situation, it’s worse

Fri, 09/14/2012

The industry is crippled, it will likely get worse and it may never recover.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

Word of mouth in the dairy industry has been spreading the bad news for months about how things are in California. But no matter what you’ve heard, it’s worse. Read more

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