HD Notebook

Digesters: dream investment or pipe dream?

Wed, 05/11/2011

At the Environmental Protection Agency’s AgSTAR (http://www.epa.gov/agstar/) conference this week, we will hear from experts on the latest and greatest things happening with anaerobic digesters. Yesterday, we took a trip to Big Sky Dairy near Gooding, Idaho. Read more

If dairy cows could talk

Tue, 05/10/2011

If your herd could talk to you about their pen dynamics, what would they say? Would they compliment the soft, bedded freestalls, the wide alley ways, and the roominess of the feedbunk? Read more

Iowa, Nebraska getting corn crop planted

Mon, 05/09/2011

American farmers have an incredible ability to plant corn once favorable weather conditions exist. In Iowa, corn planting progressed from 8 to 69 percent in just seven days. That represented by far the largest gain in planting based on the May 9 Crop Progress report released by USDA. And, for those looking to buy corn, it comes as welcome news since Iowa leads the nation in corn production. Read more

Maryland cow is new Jersey lifetime production leader

Fri, 05/06/2011

Longevity and milking persistency finally paid off for a Maryland cow on Wednesday, when the American Jersey Cattle Association named her the breed’s Living Lifetime Production Leader for 2010. She had been runner-up the previous two years. Read more

Somatic cell legal limit will stay the same

Thu, 05/05/2011

Delegates to the bi-annual National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments yesterday narrowly defeated a proposal to reduce the somatic cell count (SCC) legal limit from the current 750,000 cells per milliliter of milk to 400,000 by 2014. Read more

Corn planting well behind schedule

Wed, 05/04/2011

Only 13 percent of the nation’s corn crop has been planted according to USDA’s most recent Crop Progress released May 2. This year’s cool, wet spring weather has limited farmers’ ability to work fields and plant crops especially when compared to last year’s unusually warm spring when 66 percent of the corn crop was planted at this point. Read more

Dairy Down Under

Tue, 05/03/2011

We are all familiar with the daily routine on our own farms and maybe how dairy producers in other regions of the country operate their facilities, but a select few have ventured internationally to learn more about dairy production on another continent. Read more

Lobbying for dairy: Is there a wrong way?

Mon, 05/02/2011

As we’ve said before, farmers, industry professionals, and educators need to continue lobbying for dairy as much as we can. School teachers, supermarkets, and senators alike need to be reminded of just how important dairy is to human nutrition, local economics, and the international trade balance.

But is there a wrong way to lobby for dairy?

The Watertown (N.Y.) Daily News reported this morning that two cooperative employees have contributed to the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) PAC (Political Action Committee) in March. You can read the full article here: http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20110502/NEWS02/305029981 Read more

Do BRD and feed efficiency have genetic links?

Fri, 04/29/2011

Animal scientists at Washington State University think they do and are embarking on an extensive research project with several other universities that they hope will identify genetic markers that can be used by cattle breeders to eventually “breed out” BRD traits and identify animals having greater genetic potential for feed efficiency. Read more

Animal abuse: Whose side are you on?

Thu, 04/28/2011

If you are an active online agriculturalist (or “agvocate” as it is termed in pro-agriculture Twitter and Facebook circles like #AgChat), you have probably realized that the New York Times and its associated editorial board is often more foe than friend. On Tuesday, the NYT editorial board gave another big finger shake towards animal agriculture. Read more

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