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


Feb. 10 2017
It’s high time that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforce its own existing regulations that clearly define milk as originating from dairy animals
Jan. 25 2017
as dairy producers continue through the second year of very slim or negative margins, I am sure many of you are feeling rather discouraged. I have never been a dairy farmer, so I cannot speak from experience
Jan. 25 2017
Change is only fun for a baby with a wet diaper. Sometimes we seek change, sometimes change finds us. When it finds us, it’s usually better to not be a baby about it
Jan. 25 2017
The best of 1976. Steve Jobs formed Apple computer. Nadia Comaneci won three Olympic Golds. Rocky premiered in cinema. ABBA had a number one song with “Dancing Queen.”
Jan. 18 2017
Only 2.2 percent of a cow’s diet is digestible and desirable to the U.S. human food market
Jan. 10 2017
Global trade is forecast to grow at 3.6 percent per year over the next five years, requiring an additional 800,000 million pounds (370,000 tons) of product annually, according to a new USDEC report
Jan. 10 2017
There have been a number of people in my lifetime who have exemplified character qualities that influenced me to strive to do my best in whatever pathway I chose. The added bonus I received from
Jan. 10 2017
Iowa’s Millionaire Model Dairy Farms (MMDF) prove that financial success can be attained that can set dairy producers on a path to become “millionaires” by managing a variety of dairy...
Jan. 10 2017
You know the slogan “no pain, no gain.” The toughness represented in those words fits our occupation and mentality as farmers. We work right through our ailments
Dec. 15 2016
Farms that utilize medicated milk replacer or calf starter should make adjustments now before the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) takes effect on January 1
Dec. 15 2016
Mother Nature can be good and bad. This year saw amazing examples of both, starting with winter storm “Goliath” that pounded key dairy areas in eastern New Mexico and the West Texas Panhandl
Dec. 15 2016
This November’s national election was historic. Not only did the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, win the presidency, both the Senate and House held their Republican majority. In rural area
Nov. 15 2016
"You always . . .” “Yeah, well you never . . .” Imagine those phrases, spoken in a loud, angry voice, and you can probably finish the sentences with words that you have heard uttered...
Nov. 15 2016
The nation’s dairy herd reached an impressive 9.36 million cows in September . . . a level not observed since the third quarter of 1996. The number of dairy cows has grown
Nov. 15 2016
One of the most important economic factors that determines a milking herd’s profitability is the average days in milk (DIM). That parameter obviously depends on getting the cow pregnant early
Oct. 25 2016
Design considerations we have used for decades could soon be going out the window,” forecasted Tom Haren with AGPROfessionals based out of Greeley, Colo. “We are going to have to unlea
Oct. 25 2016
DMI opened our eyes to dairy,” stated Taco Bell’s Heather Mottershaw. “DMI just brought such a different level of knowledge to us. Our focus is now cheese.” Mottershaw...
Oct. 25 2016
With each passing year, we do a better job growing calves and heifers. That has meant younger age at first calving and an earlier return on investment from herd replacements. Several years ago
Oct. 10 2016
All dairy farms can be financially viable. However, larger dairy farms tend to be the most profitable while smaller farms also carve out a profit. Some dairies between 100 to 700 cows tend to ha
Oct. 10 2016
In the testing phase, the Stuffed Garlic Knot Pizza took seven minutes to create. With the work of in-house and partner chefs, Pizza Hut was able to get prep time down to less than three minutes from