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


April 10 2016
The dawn of the scientific community's ability to edit genes in dairy cattle is upon us. Where might the technology fit and how will it be received by consumers remain unanswered questions. Genetically...
April 10 2016
For years, a great number of us have relied on immigrant labor to milk cows and handle other farm tasks because most locals are unwilling to apply for farm jobs. With improving economic conditions in Mexico,...
April 10 2016
Recent milk check articles have done an excellent job explaining the current weaknesses in dairy markets both here and abroad. Unfortunately, little has changed in the past few months except the possibility...
March 25 2016
With their knowledge of farm buildings, equipment and livestock, farmers bring unique skills to fire departments that prove valuable in emergency situations. Farmer-firefighters know shop setups, livestock...
March 25 2016
While all cows eventually leave the herd, groundbreaking research on six critical health issues should lead to healthier cows and fewer earlier-than-necessary herd departures. Genomics has allowed us to...
March 25 2016
James S. Baird enhanced the appearance of Hoard's Dairyman for multiple generations of readers. His contributions included dynamic cover photos, creative graphics, captivating Christmas covers and, of...
March 10 2016
Barring a court injunction or higher ranking federal legislation, those selling food in Vermont must use package labels to declare foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). No matter where...
March 10 2016
In following these three fundamentals, the Rodgers family has pushed past a 32,000-pound herd average despite Georgia's hot and humid climate. With herd health closely monitored, Hillcrest Dairy only needs...
March 10 2016
USDA's release of the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report in mid-February provided neutral to slightly negative news for U.S. dairy producers. On the input side, feed costs could...
Feb. 25 2016
The dairy business is part of the agriculture commodity community. An agriculture commodity means the raw product looks the same no matter where it is produced around the world. Corn looks like corn whether...
Feb. 25 2016
Significant scientific evidence that does not support benefits often associated with tail docking. by Brandon Treichler, D.V.M. The author wishes to thank Gatz Riddell, D.V.M.; Fred Gingrich, D.V.M.; Dave...
Feb. 25 2016
Editorial: Dairying's educational dilemma Since the land grant system was signed into law by President Lincoln, dairying and all of agriculture have benefited from a university system that collectively...
Feb. 10 2016
Milk checks depend more on butter. From the time milk leaves the cows until the time it leaves the farm, dairy farmers see the milk they produce as a single liquid product. But they know that it's actually...
Feb. 10 2016
Americans do not consume enough of four primary nutrients. Dairy delivers three of those four dietary needs - calcium, potassium and vitamin D. The final version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans...
Feb. 10 2016
Editorial: Dietary Guidelines Reaffirm Dairy Dairy products bring a host of healthy attributes to American diets. That is why the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, along with USDA, reconfirmed...
Jan. 25 2016
The health of your dairy herd will have a huge impact on your ultimate success. The same is true of reproductive performance. Your veterinarian should be deeply involved in both of these areas. He or she...
Jan. 25 2016
The USDA is rewarding young dairy and livestock veterinarians who work in underserved areas of the country with a loan repayment option. Escalating veterinary school costs often push new grads toward higher...
Jan. 25 2016
In routinely denouncing mainstream agriculture and its associated food systems, Chipotle Mexican Grill has become entangled in its own spider web of contradictions. It turns out that it is far easier for...
Jan. 10 2016
On-farm technologies have brought an onslaught of information that we're still struggling to mine. While it assists in the decision-making process, ensure automation is your best fit before investing....
Jan. 10 2016
I just don't know why my cell count has gone through the roof. It was 250,000 three months ago, and it's now 500,000 and rising fast. I need your help." These were the comments from Mike, a desperate...