HD Notebook

Set higher goals when breeding Holsteins

Date: 
Mon, 11/15/2010

Holstein breeders need to set higher goals when it comes to reproduction, said Neil Michael, D.V.M., with Vita Plus when speaking to those attending the fifth annual Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council meeting in St. Paul, Minn., on November 11 and 12. Read more

Dairy is Arizona’s first to go solar-powered

Date: 
Fri, 11/12/2010

According to the National Weather Service, Arizona is the sunniest state in the country (followed in order by California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas). That makes it the perfect place for solar electricity production; yet it is only now that a dairy there has begun harnessing the power of the sun. Read more

Most signs point to tougher times ahead

Date: 
Thu, 11/11/2010

Margins are going to be squeezed for those of us in the dairy business. The cheese and butter prices that drive our milk prices are on the way down, and corn prices are on the way up. Butter prices dropped from nearly $2.20 per pound in early October to just $2 on Monday. Also, earlier this week, the Cheddar block price was down to $1.40 a pound after being as high as $1.77 in mid-October. Read more

Give yourself a grade in air quality

Date: 
Wed, 11/10/2010

All the hype surrounding methane emissions, greenhouse gases, and odors have left most of our brains spinning. It isn't uncommon for us to think, "Ok, so what am I supposed to do?" In addition, regulations on volatile organic compounds, methane, and ammonia are not being imposed in all areas of the country or on all farms. Read more

National 4-H Dairy Bowl Winners from Ohio

Date: 
Tue, 11/09/2010

The North American 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl contest was held on Saturday, November 6th in Louisville, Ky. Twenty teams competed in the national double-elimination contest which celebrated its 31st year. High school and college aged youth (still 4-H members) compete by answering questions on all things dairy, including reproduction, genetics, feeding, dairy products and animal health. Read more

Alicia takes Grand for the third time

Date: 
Mon, 11/08/2010

Even though it was the smallest cow class of the day, Judge Hank Van Exel and Associate Judge Tom McCauley spent more time deliberating the top end of the extremely competitive Jersey 5-year-old class than any other. Moving back and forth looking at entries 717 and 719 and taking a hard look at 728. At the first pull, Van Exel choose 719, Frederick 2783 Adventure to lead out the class. Read more

Minnesota wins College and 4-H contests at North American

Date: 
Mon, 11/08/2010

Anchored by high individuals in both contests, the University of Minnesota and Minnesota 4-H won their respective contests by 23 and 32 points respectively at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky. Read more

Big SCC cut would not faze most dairies

Date: 
Fri, 11/05/2010

National Milk Producers Federation announced last week it will seek a reduction in the maximum allowable somatic cell count for raw milk under the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance at the next meeting of the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments beginning April 28, 2011, in Baltimore. Read more

Election will bring new faces to the table

Date: 
Thu, 11/04/2010

Biggest change, of course, will be in the House, where the Republicans easily gained control. It looks as if the GOP could gain as many as 50 to 60 seats in the lower chamber when all the dust settles. Read more

National FFA Convention Winners Annouced

Date: 
Tue, 11/02/2010

In mid-October a record setting sea of blue jackets descended upon Indianapolis, Ind., for the 83rd National FFA Convention. Over 54,000 members, teachers, and guests were in attendance. In this sea of blue jackets were a proud group of dairy enthusiasts who competed in proficiency and career development events throughout the week. Read more

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