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


Jan. 1 2022
I have heard that snowflakes are unique, and if I were to put each flake under a microscope, I would find that each one is different than the other
Jan. 1 2022
The dairy market disruptions from COVID-19 through 2020 and into 2021 exposed flaws in the foundation of U.S. dairy policy and milk pricing. Numerous discussions have been had over negative producer
Jan. 1 2022
Anyone purchasing feed for livestock knows that hay prices have been on an upward trajectory. In fact, the average alfalfa hay price reported by USDA-NASS for September 2021 was $209
Jan. 1 2022
Today’s milk case offers a variety of products differentiated by flavor, fat content, package size, and other characteristics that call out to consumers, but that’s not all
Dec. 14 2021
From almost the first time she picked up a pencil as a child, Sarah Williams has been capturing real-life images on paper. Instead of taking notes in class, she would fill up notebooks with drawings
Dec. 14 2021
I do not think it is ironic that the first Christmas celebrated was surrounded by animals. That is a perfect picture of peace to ponder. What a gift this is, to live on a farm
Dec. 14 2021
Once the unquestioned juggernaut in the American dairy case, the Kraft brand shed a lion’s share of its market position when it sold off its natural and specialty cheese businesses
Dec. 14 2021
While consulting for a dairy business in Australia roughly 10 years ago, I remember seeing small pickup trucks or “utes” with diesel engines for the first time
Dec. 14 2021
This season of gift giving is a blessing for those with the knack of finding the right present for everyone. They may have “gift giving” as their love language and feel rewarded by finding...
Nov. 19 2021
Six herds sorted themselves to the very top of the pool of impressive entrants of the 14th annual Excellence in Dairy Reproduction Awards presented by the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC)
Nov. 19 2021
For years, it was a goal for many dairy farmers to avoid calf-to-calf contact in their young stock housing. More recently, though, the industry has seen an opposite trend
Nov. 19 2021
We like to exhibit our cattle at a variety of local, state, and national shows. What can we do to keep them healthy during the show season? - Wisconsin, M.E.Thank you for asking this question
Nov. 19 2021
Fall is one of those seasons that is so refreshing in our part of the country. We have just come through the hottest and most humid time of the year
Oct. 10 2021
This article continues our discussion on the new Dairy NRC 2021 that’s more formally referred to as NASEM Dairy 2021. My overall impressions are conservative
Oct. 10 2021
A few weeks ago, I didn’t feel all that well and broke with a digestive upset. This happens from time to time unfortunately, and most of you understand the discomfort
Oct. 10 2021
soybean meal is one of those basic ration ingredients that we can take for granted. It is among the most essential of commodities fed to dairy cows and accounts for two-thirds of the world’s
Oct. 10 2021
The author and her family own and operate a 570-cow Holstein and Jersey dairy near Berlin, Pa.Both work and culture are important to the trainees at Diamond Farm. That’s why bike trips to Washington
Oct. 10 2021
A nonfarm friend recently commented on a social media video that included a toddler from a farm family walking around the barn and the animals
Sept. 23 2021
If hard-working dairy farmers ever needed a reason to contact their senators and representatives, the potential repeal, or shall we say death, of the “stepped-up basis” provision for capital...
Sept. 23 2021
Pull up a seat and grab some popcorn because just like any great movie, the underdog is about to rise to the top. The character once seen as hidden and reserved will emerge in humble glory