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


Aug. 21 2019
One of my most treasured childhood pastimes was to dress up the newest litter of kittens in baby clothes. I certainly did not need a collection of baby dolls when I had living, breathing, responsive kittens
Aug. 19 2019
Most American farmers have supported the federal administration’s strategy to renegotiate trade pacts to promote both fairer and freer trade
Aug. 19 2019
For most 17-year-old teenagers, managing the family business and finances is not the first thing that crosses their mind in the morning. The same held true for Michael Oosten . . . until his father unexpectedly...
Aug. 19 2019
It’s been 10 years since genomic testing was introduced to the dairy industry. This valuable tool has provided breeders across the globe the opportunity for much faster genetic progress
Aug. 1 2019
Certainly, everyone close to the dairy industry has recently become aware of the latest release of undercover videos obtained by ARM (Animal Recovery Mission)
Aug. 1 2019
Managing growth is of fundamental importance to the heifer enterprise of a dairy farm. We know a heifer needs to meet certain growth goals by certain points in its life to meet a farm’s production...
Aug. 1 2019
Wars are typically high in both casualties and wounded winners. Neither is a particularly positive outcome. Sizing up the trade war between the United States and China on the dairy front, the “econo
Aug. 1 2019
Twenty-five years ago, I graduated high school. I couldn’t leave central Oregon fast enough; not because I had a bad childhood, but because I always knew my life was destined for somewhere else....
July 12 2019
In the past, it was generally recommended that dairy farms raising their own replacements on an ongoing basis needed enough heifers to equal 90 to 110 percent of their total cow numbers
July 12 2019
Take a look at long forage particles in your feed. They may be slowing your cows down at the feedbunk.It is time to update our recommendations for optimal ration particle size
July 12 2019
One of the best parts of my job is getting to be on some of the best-run dairies throughout Wisconsin
July 11 2019
Rest is one of those things we don’t always talk about. Honestly, I almost feel a twinge of guilt when I do talk about it. I am not convinced that life was always this way
June 1 2019
Despite living in the home of John Deere and being surrounded by hundreds of acres of corn, my three children — Tyler, 15; Cassie, 13; and Jacob, 9 — are a minority
June 1 2019
Health and milk production are optimized by ensuring dairy cows maintain sufficient nutrient intake to meet their requirements
June 1 2019
Originally included in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, known to many of us as the farm bill, it has finally reached the point where dairy farmers must decide their level of participation
June 1 2019
One of the challenges of growing alfalfa is the potential for winter injury and stand thinning or loss
May 25 2019
Several years ago, I found out that I am allergic to cow dander. It is not an intense allergy but rather a nuisance that includes itchy eyes, sneezing, a stuffy nose, and a lot of clearing my throat
May 24 2019
Host any type of social event, and the combination of food and fellowship typically brings people together, whether it be in the kitchen, around the table, or at a picnic
May 24 2019
Our understanding about cow comfort is continually improving. However, assessing and translating these needs to fit specific situations can be a challenge
May 24 2019
Aventilation system for adult dairy cows must provide fresh air year-round and fast-moving air in the resting space to aid summertime cooling