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


May 25 2013
As Europe prepares to transition towards a free market dairy economy void of production caps by 2015, we still have our doubts. While the taxpayer-funded quotas may be idled, European leaders are electing...
May 25 2013
Mastitis control during hot summer months is important to the health of mammary glands and milk quality. In northern Europe, "summer mastitis" occurring during July, August and September is associated...
May 10 2013
Food, water and energy are among the major resources required to satisfy mankind's basic human needs. Ensuring there is enough of these to go around was the focus of a well-publicized United Nation's Food...
April 25 2013
California's pricing system is killing its dairies Some are already gone. More will follow. The big question is, how many can be saved? The greatest milk-producing machine the U.S. dairy industry has ever...
April 25 2013
Don't make rash changes based on a single ingredient analysis. Repeated sampling teases out if this is true variation or an error. Feed and forage nutrient composition
April 25 2013
To ensure the dairy industry will thrive, we must focus on transferring vital knowledge, developing the proper skills and providing valuable experiences. There was a time not long ago when the major concerns...
April 10 2013
Farm milk prices are in great flux this spring. Nationally, milk supplies remained above last winter's levels, despite high feed prices coupled with limited supplies of forage in many areas
April 10 2013
Dairy has been long governed by a series of rules known as "standards of identity." While these federal requirements have protected our products from imitations, the rules have also stymied innovation...
April 10 2013
Most schools still hand out report cards. Every other business measures itself with ratios. The dairy business should not be any different
March 25 2013
The three c's of farming: Character, capital and conditions are critical considerations for anyone who wants to farm in the future. The dream of farming has become a reality for thousands around the world...
March 25 2013
Children start out as avid milk drinkers. Then consumption plunges as youth approach their teen years and flock to other beverages. While many reasons could be at play, we can't help but think packaging...
March 25 2013
We're creating cow islands Our milk production is moving west, north and away from populations. But the trend west is slowing, and more areas are losing milk than gaining
March 10 2013
New possibilities emerge for innovation, alliances and joint ventures to reshape dairy's flagship product. The gallon jug is part of our future. However, to grow beverage sales, we must expand beyond it
March 10 2013
Inbreeding, and more importantly its consequences, has long been a concern of breeders as it reduces production, lowers fertility, causes more stillbirths and leads to fewer days in the herd. While genomics...
March 10 2013
If we use a multi-prong approach to better hoof health - much like our udder health plans - we can see less disease and lameness, paired with more milk. by Gerard Cramer, D.V.M. The author is owner of...
Feb. 26 2013
Domestic markets to face slower growth Over the next decade, the majority of new opportunities in dairy product sales will come from Asia and other developing markets
Feb. 25 2013
The Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory (AIPL) at USDA releases DHI statistics every year. Those trends found at http://aipl.arsusda.gov/publish/dhi.htm allow us to track a variety of traits
Feb. 25 2013
While science has greatly enhanced our ability to improve human health and longevity, Mother Nature has also provided us with many mechanisms to ward off disease. Our zeal to utilize products that kill...
Feb. 10 2013
Hoard's Dairyman Editorial: it's time to overhaul immigration Our citizenry and its elected representatives must come to grips with the fact that our country has a broken immigration structure. Continuing...
Feb. 10 2013
Hoard's Dairyman Editorial: Abrupt plant closure highlights a larger problem If there was ever an industry-wide wake-up call that the fluid milk sector is in dire need of innovation, it would be the demise...