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


Oct. 17 2014
by Paul R. Biagiotti, D.V.M. The author is a large-herd veterinarian based in Jerome, Idaho. If you can't beat them, join them. Rather than tearing your hair out trying to rid your farm of pest birds and...
Oct. 17 2014
December's genetic evaluations will feature many changes by Chad Dechow The author is an associate professor of dairy cattle genetics at Penn State University. The next round of genetic evaluations is...
Oct. 17 2014
Frustrated by the clear lack of progress after three years from the "Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group," USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced he would take matters into his own hands. The secretary's...
Oct. 9 2014
Editorial: Animal science and dairy science headed for divorce Highly regarded cartoonist Walt Kelly once penned, "We have met the enemy and he is us." That statement, which appeared in Kelly's long-running...
Oct. 9 2014
Agriculture needs all kinds by Julie Krull Larson The author is senior sales development manager for Merial and based in Viroqua, Wis. Agriculture education attracts all types of students for all types...
Oct. 9 2014
Times are a changin' by Mary Ledman The author is a dairy economist and publisher of the Daily Dairy Report, Libertyville, Ill. It may not seem like it, but times are a changing on the milk price front....
Sept. 17 2014
by John Kappelman The author is a trader with Cereal Byproducts Company, Port Washington, Wis. This was the question posed to me a week ago by one of my customers as we considered an annual corn by-product...
Sept. 17 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. In this volatile commodity...
Sept. 17 2014
Editorial: A2 Milk -Myth, Fad or the real deal? Of the questions our staff has fielded from readers over the past year, A2 milk would rank among the most frequent. While nearly no effort has been made...
Sept. 12 2014
by Nate Donnay The author is director of dairy services at Informa Economics, Eagan, Minn. U.S. milk prices are headed lower. At 11:59 p.m. on New Year's Eve, you can say with some certainty that the big...
Sept. 12 2014
Any way you slice it, Americans enjoy the safest and most abundant food supply in the world. The cherry on top of the ice cream sundae is that American farmers produce that food for our fellow countrymen...
Sept. 12 2014
The dairyman's judge Steve White ranks third all-time, officiating 11 shows at World Dairy Expo. That's the most of any dairy breeder and sits just behind Iowa State's Fred Foreman and Wisconsin's late...
Aug. 19 2014
A better return - Stocks and bonds or dairy cows? 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...
Aug. 19 2014
To download a copy of our all-breed August 2014 bull list, click here. This listing appears on page 539 of the August 25, 2014 issue of Hoard's
Aug. 19 2014
Paris, a 16-year-old Brown Swiss, has set a new record for lifetime pounds of protein and fat produced by a cow in the United States. by Maggie Seiler The author is the 2014 Hoard's Dairyman Editorial...
Aug. 1 2014
Beef prices remain at record highs, in part, because the U.S. has the smallest combined beef and dairy herd since 1951. While it's true there were only 87.7 million head of cattle on inventory this past...
Aug. 1 2014
Multiple component pricing has the potential to raise the value of producer milk in the pool. The magnitude of the increase will depend on the solids-nonfat and utilization of milk in manufacturing classes....
Aug. 1 2014
The top 25 counties are now home to one-third of the nation's entire dairy herd. That compares to one-fifth of the cows just 20 years ago. by Hoard's Dairyman staff With 489,436 cows in the most recent...
July 11 2014
by Maggie Seiler The author is the 2014 Hoard's Dairyman Editorial Intern and a senior at Kansas State University. it may not be the leading cause of improved milk production, but behavioral research in...
July 11 2014
The Class III futures market expects $18 prices in early 2015. by Hoard's Dairyman Staff May's Class III price announcement of $22.67 per hundredweight was just the start of what is likely to be more cuts....