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


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...
Oct. 10 2013
As farms have grown in size, so has the equipment used in crop production. Field equipment is heavier, with the potential to cause more soil compaction at depths that make it difficult (in some cases impossible)...
Sept. 25 2013
Many breeders believe that today's cows lack the strength needed to withstand the rigors of high production. In recognition of the need to emphasize a balance between high yield and cow fitness, a new...
Sept. 25 2013
Many university budgets across the country have come under duress in recent years. While nearly all academic programs have felt the pain, programs viewed as traditional science - particularly ones with...
Sept. 25 2013
There appears to be a "shift" coming that will put a strain on most dairy farm cash flows. In the past five years, lenders have been flush with money. With historically low interest rates, it has been...
Sept. 10 2013
Sensitivity analysis is about asking "What if" scenarios. It involves the study of how uncertainty in the output of a mathematical model can be apportioned to uncertainty in the inputs to the model
Sept. 10 2013
Click to open the August 2013 Hoard's Dairyman Bull List This bull list appears on pages 577 to 580 of the September 10, 2013 issue of Hoard's Dairyman
Sept. 10 2013
Getting cows off their feet and into well-designed stalls can improve hoof health by leaps and bounds
Aug. 25 2013
Curds and whey. Those two words are more than a short line in a nursery rhyme. Curds and whey are the two main products of cheesemaking, as 100 pounds of milk yields 10 pounds of cheese and 90 pounds of...
Aug. 25 2013
E-newsletter extends our dairy coverage
Aug. 25 2013
A well-managed farm always has an abundant supply of high-quality forage and an abundant supply of high-quality heifers."