Below are the featured articles from recent issues of Hoard's Dairyman.


July 11 2014
We recently heard a presentation from a nutritionist in one of America's largest school districts who was struggling to comply with USDA's school cafeteria requirements. After listening to her discuss...
June 6 2014
by Scott Brown The author is a research assistant professor in the department of agricultural and applied economics at the University of Missouri. In determining how to employ margin insurance, understanding...
June 6 2014
Will today's record milk prices lead to new price lows? by Chris Atten The author is with Atten Babler Commodities, Galena, Ill. The billion dollar question every dairyman would love to know: how long...
June 6 2014
Despite our growing ability to find a needle in the "foodborne illness" haystack, as a whole, food safety continues to show steady improvement. Foodborne illnesses reported to the Centers for Disease Control...
May 15 2014
by John Kappelman The author is a trader with Cereal Byproducts Company, Port Washington, Wis. While dairymen do not like rising feed and protein prices, it must be recognized that many of the same world...
May 15 2014
by Chad Dechow The author is an associate professor of dairy cattle genetics at Penn State University. Genomics was a large focus at the Advancing Dairy Cattle Genetics workshop this past February in Phoenix,...
May 15 2014
Climate prediction models can help farmers plan ahead and work to reduce the potential impacts a changing environment will have on the dairy industry. by Tamilee Nennich, Guillaume Mauger, Yoram Bauman...
May 1 2014
Rising retail prices for meat, milk and other staples have become routine leads in many media reports in recent months. While it's true that food costs have gone up slightly, lost in every story we've...
May 1 2014
Heat stress during the dry period lingers long into lactation. by Geoffrey E. Dahl The author is in the department of animal sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville. Heat abatement is not just for...
May 1 2014
by Ev Thomas and Bill Mahanna Thomas is retired from the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute and president of Oak Point Agronomics Ltd.; Mahanna is with DuPont Pioneer and an adjunct professor...
April 17 2014
Even though the body of scientific evidence backing GMOs is overwhelming, humans more easily relate to emotions, not facts. With the name "genetically modified organism" identifying the GMO moniker, all...
April 17 2014
Facing mounting resource pressure, can California dairymen rise to the challenge, or will they continue to disappear? by John Hibma The author is a dairy nutrition consultant for Central Connecticut Cooperative...
April 17 2014
by Lucas Sjostrom The author is a University of Minnesota graduate research assistant and partner in his family's farmstead cheese business, Redhead Creamery, Brooten, Minn. He is also a former associate...
April 7 2014
Farm milk prices and margins were surprisingly strong this past winter. As we head into spring, prices may weaken, as they often do, as milk production marches toward its seasonal peak. Even so, prices...
April 7 2014
Agronomists say that for all the plant growth you see above ground, there is an equivalent root mass found underneath the soil's surface supplying plants with life-giving nutrients. This living, breathable...
April 7 2014
China and India's practices leapfrog a generation Farmers in the world's two most populous countries are updating production practices at a rapid pace. Even so, this modernization effort isn't without...
March 21 2014
by Gary Sipiorski The author is the dairy development manager for Vita Plus of Madison, Wis. He is a member of the board of directors with Citizens State Bank of Loyal, Wis. Recently, there have been a...
March 21 2014
Genetics, genomics and good cow sense all garnered attention at a recent national genetics workshop. by Hoard's Dairyman staff The Genetic Workshop not only included discussions on breeding better cows,...
March 21 2014
The family farm can beat the odds and survive with well-thought-out planning and sound execution. by Kirk Sattazahn The author is a director of marketing at Select Sires in the Mid-Atlantic area. He is...
March 7 2014
Would your dairy pass an OSHA inspection? Safety is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's top concern, and dairy is now on their radar screen