Fri, 08/14/2015

Contest will give two California juniors very special seats for the 2016 Rose Parade.

Rose Parade

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

New Year’s morning 2016 will be one that two young Californians will remember forever, because the dairy message videos they made won them the best seats possible for the Rose Parade in Pasadena – on one of the floats.

For the first time in its history, the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) will have a float in the world’s most-seen parade in 2016. On it will be seats for the two winners of a video contest that is open to California juniors age 13 or older who are members of either Future Farmers of America, California Holstein Association, or California Jersey Cattle Association.

Thu, 08/13/2015

Pathogen-based and selective antibiotic use reduces your residue risk and adds dollars to your bottom line.

By Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

Saxon Farm

We’re under a microscope. Whether the topic is BST, antibiotic use or cow/calf separation, our consumers have taken an interest in our actions.

When it comes to antibiotic use, research shows that treatment of clinical mastitis is the primary trigger for antimicrobial administration on-farm. To better use and preserve the tools we have to treat mastitis, informed decisions must be made; taking a pathogen-based approach to treatment enables us to do so.

Wed, 08/12/2015

Understanding forage digestibility aids in maximizing production

By Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

August webinar slideHigh-quality forage fiber in a milking cow’s ration can help milk components, result in fewer metabolic disorders and foot problems and add to cow longevity. It also cut concentrate costs, especially if purchased, which leads to a greater income over feed costs (IOFC), up to a 30 percent difference.

That was the focus as Rick Grant, Miner Institute, presented “Milking ration fiber for all it’s worth” as the August Hoard’s Dairyman webinar. Since growing up on a New York dairy farm, Grant has worked extensively in research and education. He shared some cutting-edge concepts with attendees and challenged them to rethink the way they feed cows.

Which cows benefit most from high quality fiber?

Tue, 08/11/2015

To beat the heat, the nation’s cows are concentrated in more temperate regions of the United States.

by Abby Bauer, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

Dairymen know that cows tend to seek out the coolest places on the farm: beneath shade, under sprinklers and in front of fans. Growing up on my family’s dairy farm, I remember cows crowding around the water tank or under that one patch of trees in the pasture on hot, sunny days.

During the dog days of August, temperatures can rise to uncomfortable levels in even the most well ventilated, animal friendly barns, leaving cows on a hunt for the coolest spot available.

Mon, 08/10/2015

A dairy in southwest Indiana has reaped major benefits from installing precision dairy technologies on their farm.

by Brittany Statz, 2015 Hoard’s Dairyman Editorial Intern

Brittany's blog

When one visits the Koester family farm in far southwestern Indiana, they’ll notice a lot of things. For one, they’ll see that the sprinklers run constantly on very hot days to keep the cows comfortable. They’ll also note the cows’ chunky red necklaces (aka activity monitors) and lastly, they’ll spot the robots positioned along the walls of the freestall barn.

Since they moved their dairy farm to its current location just one week before Christmas in 2012, Diamond K Dairy has jumped on the precision dairy technology train – and they aren’t looking back.

Fri, 08/07/2015

It could last a month or more and will be unlike anything the state’s dairy industry has ever seen.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

California’s dairy industry asked for it, and on September 22 at 9 a.m., it may get to see an example of “be careful what you ask for” for many days in a row.

On Wednesday this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it will hold a public hearing at the Veterans Memorial District Building in Clovis, Calif., to consider establishment of a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) in the state.

A formal request to do so, along with a detailed FMMO proposal, was made by California’s three largest dairy cooperatives on February 4, 2015. Alternative proposals were subsequently submitted by state processor and producer-handler groups.

California accounts for approximately 20 percent of all milk made in the U.S., so a statewide FMMO would be by far the largest in the country.

Thu, 08/06/2015

Not all cases of mastitis need to be treated. Let the causative pathogen be your guide.

culture dish

by Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

“Do not administer antibiotics to cows that will not benefit,” cautioned Daryl Nydam, Cornell University, at the National Mastitis Council Regional Meeting.

Based on research from the University of Wisconsin, not all cases of mastitis should or need to be treated. Nearly 85 percent of mastitis cases can be classified as mild or moderate. These animals don’t require systemic intervention, and delaying treatment 24 to 36 hours while waiting for culture results won’t change the treatment outcome. The remaining 15 percent of cases should be treated immediately and systemically.

When deciding which mild or moderately classified cows to treat, producers have three paths to pick from:

Wed, 08/05/2015

There are options for those who deal with the issue.

by Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

“It’s like the worst stomachache of my life. Someone is punching me in the gut. That is followed by nausea and diarrhea,” shared the 23-year-old when asked about the impact of lactose on her system. Lactose intolerance can cause digestive discomfort, but each person’s symptoms are a bit different.

Self-diagnosis of lactose intolerance is not always accurate. A medical doctor should confirm your suspicions because your symptoms may be from another condition that might need additional attention or treatment. I spoke with my cousin, Alicia, who was raised on a dairy farm and just before entering fifth grade was evaluated for lactose intolerance. An endoscopy and samples from her esophagus, and her small and large intestine confirmed what her parents suspected, lactose intolerance.

Tue, 08/04/2015

With the global population expected to grow by 3 billion in the next century, AgriCorps volunteers are doing their part to help train the farmers of today and the future.

By Abby Bauer, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

Trent McKnight“This is the most important century agriculture will face,” said Trent McKnight during his presentation at the 2015 Ag Media Summit in Scottsdale, Ariz. “We never had the challenge before of feeding this many people.”

He explained that 2014 was the “peak child year”— more children were born last year than there were in any previous year or will be in any future year. Right now, there are 2 billion people on Earth under the age of 16, and by the end of the century the global population will max out at 10 billion people.

“Our greatest challenge of the next century will be feeding those 3 billion additional mouths,” he said.

Mon, 08/03/2015

One of the most widely known animal rights groups is no stranger to using emotional appeal to win over people’s minds.

By Brittany Statz, 2015 Hoard’s Dairyman Editorial Intern

PETA

We’ve seen them all when we view websites, videos or photos posted by anti-agriculture groups. The furry kittens, bouncing puppies and wide-eyed bunnies have made us all go “awwww” at some point or another. Let’s be honest: animal rights propaganda is good at making people feel all sorts of emotions.

Take, for example, this video called “Down on the Farm.” It features a song and a plucky guitar to give the video a homespun feel during its 1-minute, 17-second duration.

Scene One: the video starts off with a cow, a pig and a chicken living what would appear to be happy, uninterrupted lives.