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


Feb. 25 2014
Long-term trade prospects gathered a lion's share of the attention as marketers from across the U.S. and around the world joined in the conversation at IDFA's Dairy Forum. An in-depth discussion took place...
Feb. 10 2014
Popular opinion is hard to dispel, especially following decades of questionable research and misguided advice repeated all too often by medical professionals and nutritionists alike. Despite the uphill...
Feb. 10 2014
This year is shaping up to be a very good one for dairy farmers. The reason, without oversimplifying much at all, is this: The entire planet is short of milk, not so short on feed, and the situation is...
Jan. 25 2014
The Lifetime Net Merit index (NM$) was introduced in 1994 with revisions made in 2000, 2003, 2006 and 2010. I think we can anticipate another revision to NM$ in the near future and there is some discussion...
Jan. 25 2014
It was 20 years ago that BST officially entered the marketplace. Originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in late 1993, its entry was delayed another 90 days when a moratorium was...
Jan. 25 2014
A meeting with your accountant can occur any time of the year. Generally, it takes place near year-end for tax planning purposes and after the first of the year for the completion of taxes
Jan. 10 2014
One of the most dreaded jobs on dairy farms is covering bunker silos and drive-over piles
Jan. 10 2014
Antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals are among the most regulated products by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). And rightly so, as they do an incredible job of holding bacteria at bay while immune...
Jan. 10 2014
Lawsuits are underway against four Yakima, Wash., dairy families that, if successful, will set an environmental precedent that potentially threatens the existence of every farm - dairy or otherwise - in...
Dec. 15 2013
December 2013 Hoard's Dairyman Bull List. Click the image or here for the December 2013 Hoard's Dairyman Bull List. This summary appears on pages 809 through 812 of the December 2013 issue
Dec. 15 2013
Throughout the year, I keep track of the changing dairy scene and make changes to my nearby forecasts on a regular basis. Those changes are usually minor adjustments based on current events
Dec. 15 2013
From the moment of birth, calves learn how to interact with us. Make it a pleasant experience, and you'll have calmer cows when they enter the parlor
Nov. 15 2013
The world has been the United States' dairy products export oyster in 2013. Droughts and other challenges experienced by others brought great opportunity to our doorstep, and U.S. companies responded with...
Nov. 15 2013
The needs of commercial dairy producers, milk utilization and consumer preferences play major roles in the color of our national herd. by Calvin Covington The author is a retired breed association executive...
Nov. 15 2013
Because it has been so widely quoted, we have become numb to what was once a sobering statistic: we will need to feed 9 billion people by 2050. For many, this is not a reality we can easily wrap our heads...
Oct. 25 2013
Getting a firm handle on farm financials will be critical to long-term business success. If your operation needs to get up to speed, now would be a good time as milk prices are favorable by historic standards...
Oct. 25 2013
Agriculture has made great strides in reducing nutrient movement from our farm fields even though the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) relentlessly aims for tighter standards. From our vantage point,...
Oct. 25 2013
As consolidation continues, producers who remain in business will need to develop a plan to handle the mounting economic pressures. While processors continue to consolidate, retailing is concentrating...
Oct. 10 2013
Global demand for dairy products remains strong. As a result, international factors are playing a larger role in determining milk prices. But farm-level profits - or losses - are still a local matter
Oct. 10 2013
Asking questions helps you zero in on why your business has changed and to focus future efforts. The top 20 percent of herds saw gains in labor efficiency, milk sales and herd size. Change in the financial...