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


Jan. 25 2015
Dairy price discovery mechanisms have come a long way in recent decades. Not only do domestic futures markets offer an enhanced opportunity to both farmers and processors to lock-in milk prices, the resulting...
Jan. 10 2015
Organic food sales have been booming, paced by double-digit growth in each of the past five years. As food marketers look to expand that high-margin category, dairy will remain at the epicenter because...
Jan. 10 2015
Prevent winter teat damage before it occurs with the right teat dip, properly working equipment and protection from the elements. Stan and I settled into a comfortable routine flipping burgers and turning...
Jan. 10 2015
A dairy "bellwether" drops prices again. Just how much milk could be available globally in 2015? Plenty, is the short answer. New Zealand believes the demand-supply balance has tipped and created a buyer's...
Dec. 15 2014
As we celebrate Christmas and usher in the New Year, the question posed in the above title might be a good way to start a conversation about agriculture. The full question posed recently by USDA Secretary...
Dec. 15 2014
The Spaghetti Western film - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - had a complex plot where three cowboys form an uneasy alliance to find hidden gold. Of course, good triumphs over bad . . . and good eventually...
Dec. 15 2014
The combination of more cows, more milk and lower international product prices could place downward pressure on U.S. milk prices. However, lower feed costs should buffer margins on producing milk. by Scott...
Nov. 15 2014
In the movie "Patton," there is a famous opening scene where the accomplished four-star general, played by George C. Scott, is pacing in front of an enormous American flag. He delivers a blistering, motivational...
Nov. 15 2014
With a $30 million investment of dairy farm checkoff dollars into fluid milk, seven beverage partners have committed another $500 million of their own capital to potentially reinvigorate the long-slumping...
Nov. 15 2014
A number of wake-up calls in the 1990s caused leaders in the Badger State to step up and take action. As a result, Wisconsin's stalled production began to take off. The word renaissance means rebirth or...
Oct. 25 2014
If you can't beat them, join them. Rather than tearing your hair out trying to rid your farm of pest birds and rodents, why not invite predator birds in to help you do the job?
Oct. 25 2014
The next round of genetic evaluations is scheduled to be released December 2. These evaluations will involve a great deal more than just typical proofs, as there will be a base change and updates to $CM...
Oct. 25 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. 25 2014
Surveys of dairy farmers show management and pricing are top priority. by Carolyn B. Liebrand and K. Charles Ling The authors are economists with USDA's Rural Business Cooperative Service. This article...
Oct. 25 2014
Green County Cheese Days recently celebrated its 100th anniversary, earning the title of the oldest festival in the Midwest. Cheese Days is a three-day festival which takes place only in even-numbered...
Oct. 10 2014
It may not seem like it, but times are a changing on the milk price front. After a stellar run in farm-level margins from mid-2013 through 2014, signs are pointing to dramatically reduced margins next...
Oct. 10 2014
Agriculture education attracts all types of students for all types of reasons. Both students who plan to enter the workforce after high school and those who advance to a two-year, four-year or postdoctorate...
Oct. 10 2014
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 cartoon series "Pogo," accurately describes the dysfunction...
Sept. 25 2014
This was the question posed to me a week ago by one of my customers as we considered an annual corn by-product feed purchase. He followed with the statement, "I guess I am greedy and want the bottom of...
Sept. 25 2014
In this volatile commodity business of milking cows, it is a relief to have a period of time when the income is higher than the expenses