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


Feb. 10 2018
Karen Bohnert I’ve learned this the hard way. For more than four years, I’ve battled with anxiety
Feb. 10 2018
John Wooden, a highly successful basketball coach for the UCLA Bruins, is quoted to have said: “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.”
Feb. 10 2018
The genomic era not only has revealed a great deal about an animal’s genetic makeup from a DNA sample at birth, this in-depth study of the genome has allowed us to accelerate genetic progress. Aside
Feb. 10 2018
While colostrum is known to be needed by newborn calves as they are born without any immunity, there is more to this picture
Jan. 25 2018
The amount of organic matter present in the sand directly determines cleanliness. Put another way, high-quality sand is nearly free of organic matter
Jan. 25 2018
Marilyn HersheyIt is hard to believe that we closed out 2017. I probably say this every year, but it seems that this one flew by in record time. January always brings reflection on past events of the
Jan. 25 2018
I discussed the introduction of national health evaluations for Holsteins by the CDCB (Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding) in the December 2017 article “National health evaluations coming for Holstein
Jan. 25 2018
Automated milking systems have become top of mind for many of us who milk cows. While these installations come with a steep up-front cost, the reduced labor needs and associated predictability in milking...
Jan. 10 2018
Karen Bohnert Not too long after I wrote about my oldest son being praised for being the coachable kid, Tyler did a 180- degree turnaround
Jan. 10 2018
The author is an agricultural writer based in Dansville, Mich.University of Georgia student Kayla Alward discovered her desire to pursue a career in dairy after working as the calf manager at the university
Jan. 10 2018
The authors recently retired from the USDA-ARS U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, Madison, Wis., where they were a research microbiologist and agricultural information specialist
Jan. 10 2018
Peter Vitaliano Much of the talk about the economic outlook for the nation’s dairy farmers in 2018 has been rather downbeat lately
Dec. 15 2017
Just you wait.” I used to never like that phrase. When I was just married and before I got pregnant, which was just a few months after, everyone would tell me, “Just you wait until...
Dec. 15 2017
The CDCB (Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding) announced during this year’s World Dairy Expo that they will conduct genetic evaluations for six disease resistance traits
Dec. 15 2017
In many cases, the milk check revenue has not inflated as fast as the expense side of the ledger
Dec. 15 2017
The value that dairy calves, heifers, cows, bulls, and steers have in the beef industry is significant. In fact, dairy animals of all types are estimated to contribute 20 to 25 percent in any given year...
Nov. 15 2017
Bovine leukemia virus (BLV) is the cause of enzootic bovine leukosis, which is a noncurable, progressive disease that affects cattle in almost all U.S. dairy herds. The virus infects white blood
Nov. 15 2017
Linear score and percent of the herd not infected are two additional measures for evaluating udder health and milk quality. Of course, somatic cell counts are key, too.One of the key factors affecting
Nov. 15 2017
Marilyn Hershey When we give water to the pens in our calf barn, we do this by filling a 30-gallon tub using a hose. On days when that is my task, I end up tucking the water hose into the tub, le
Nov. 15 2017
A fundamental rule in business is that “The customer is always right.” If customers’ needs are not being met, they will look elsewhere for goods or services