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


Jan. 7 2019
You can always go home. In the case of Hisao Fukuda, home meant returning to his original vocation: working for the U.S. dairy farmers. “I knew Tom Suber well,” said Fukuda
Dec. 11 2018
Some of the greatest gifts we receive don’t cost a penny. As I reflect over the past year and look forward to a holiday season that exemplifies gifts, I realize it is the people in my life
Dec. 11 2018
Quiet is deafening when you expect sound. An idle milking parlor is like a tomb. The roar of silence softens some with the passage of time or if the space is repurposed
Dec. 11 2018
Somewhere along the way, someone asked me my thoughts on how authority should flow within a dairy. Upon reflection, I developed “The Purple Truck Theory.”
Dec. 11 2018
The “Next 5 Percent” strategy includes more boots on the ground for USDEC. Shown at the Tokyo-based trade mission were (L to R): Luke Waring, Hisao Fukuda, Ross Christieson, Jeff McNeill, Hiroshi
Nov. 15 2018
Three themes — the dairy economy, trade, and plant-based imitators — prevailed above all others at this year’s joint annual meeting of the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board
Nov. 15 2018
From early on we’re often taught to live by the Golden Rule, “Do unto others, as you would have them do onto you.” It simply means that we should treat people the same way that we would...
Nov. 15 2018
Most people living in the northern United States or Canada have come to expect long, cold winters.
Nov. 15 2018
This is a friendly reminder to all of you, and myself — never give up on your dreams. I once had dreams
Oct. 25 2018
For the most part, North American data collection for genetic evaluations operates much like it did in the 1960s, with data collected through traditional milk recording systems. While farmer-recorded
Oct. 25 2018
Each and every replacement heifer and the resulting cull cow come with a cost. Net herd replacement cost (NHRC) is one way to calculate the value of animals leaving your herd
Oct. 25 2018
When I look at the definition of patience,Merriam-Webster says this about being patient: bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint; manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain; not hasty...
Oct. 25 2018
The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) announced September 30 was achieved after months of hard-nosed negotiations
Oct. 10 2018
The author is a freelance writer in Indianapolis, Ind. He recently traveled to the Netherlands to interview dairy farmers and processors.De Jong normally lays down six layers of grass silage (a layer
Oct. 10 2018
I like to think that if I was older and wiser, answers would surface and the decisions I need to make would become more obvious. We are at a crossroads here at Bohnert Jerseys. My guess is that many o
Oct. 10 2018
Several of our weaned heifers recently developed really loose bloody diarrhea within a week of returning from a show. They were all about 4 to 5 months old and were in great health prior to this
Oct. 10 2018
Dairy cattle, like other cattle breeds, are a monotocous species. In other words, they usually ovulate only one egg per heat cycle
Sept. 25 2018
Walking through a boggy section of pasture or swampy wetland, landowners in the Northeast may never see one of its oldest inhabitants — the bog turtle. At only 4 inches across, it’s also one...
Sept. 25 2018
In our part of the country, we don’t rely on pivots and canals to water our crops; we look to the sky and wait for the clouds to open up and give us rain
Sept. 25 2018
As we evaluate fiber in dairy cow rations, one major question that arises is: “What is the interaction between fiber digestibility and particle size, and how does it affect the cow?”