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


March 1 2022
Separating a dairy calf from its dam shortly after birth is a standard farm practice. For years, this has been considered safer and healthier for animals and people
March 1 2022
I recently had the opportunity to judge the extemporaneous speaking contest at the Pennsylvania Junior Holstein Club annual convention
Feb. 9 2022
We are a busy dairy farm with a lot of jobs to complete in a day, but when love is in the air, it sometimes shows up in peculiar places
Feb. 9 2022
Washing the inside of the pipeline on a milking system involves multiple aspects that should be monitored on a routine basis. Let’s begin with the basics
Feb. 9 2022
America's ports are a portal to customers around the world. Since the onset of the pandemic, those ports have been receiving inbound goods
Feb. 9 2022
Dairy farmers start each new year with anticipation that milk prices will be better than the year before. In the case of 2022, it appears that hope will become a reality
Feb. 9 2022
Dairy demand is up. “The last two years have been the strongest on record. Per capita consumption is up 3 pounds,” said Michael Dykes in his opening comments
Jan. 14 2022
The 2021 forage year was a challenge for some due to drought and wildfires. Yet, it bore good news for others with favorable growing conditions and yields
Jan. 14 2022
We hire a veterinarian to do some in vitro fertilization (IVF) work on a few of our animals from higher genetic cow families
Jan. 14 2022
A dispute panel agreed with the claim brought forth by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) that Canada breached its obligations regarding dairy imports
Jan. 14 2022
Running a dairy farm means there is a lot to think about . . . animal health and welfare, nutrition and production, labor issues, finances and capital investment decisions, controlling costs
Jan. 14 2022
culture. In the world of dairy, “culture” can take several meanings. It is defined as the beginning of cheesemaking where the microbes are infused throughout the milk
Jan. 14 2022
For many of us, busy days are good days. Some of us even thrive on the really hectic, busy days. I have observed, over the years, the dairy farmers who are hardcore throttle enthusiasts
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