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


March 10 2020
Milk prices were too low for too long. That sums up the serious economic consequences in the countryside as 8.8% of all dairy farms holding permits to sell milk left the business last year
Feb. 25 2020
The balance sheet is a portrait of the financial condition of the farm. After a period of low milk prices, the balance sheet now tells a story of how the farm weathered the storm
Feb. 25 2020
IT’s a noble cause — reducing the use of antibiotics in farm animals in an effort to curb antibiotic resistance. However, assigning McDonald’s a “C” grade, as opposed to...
Feb. 25 2020
Dairy isn’t dying, it’s a growing product category. That was one of the many messages that emanated from this year’s Dairy Forum in Scottsdale, Ariz
Feb. 25 2020
I do not care if a farmer has one cow or 10,000 cows; cows are loved, appreciated, and admired. Dairy farmers far and wide have a deep respect for the animals in their barn
Feb. 10 2020
There were two announcements made recently from companies about the environment, both of which had a different impact on the dairy community. One announcement came from Starbucks’ corporate office
Feb. 10 2020
Major media outlets have been forecasting the death of dairy after Dean Foods and Borden both filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In making dairy’s doomsday prophecy, those journalists compl
Feb. 10 2020
Living in Australia means the threat of bushfires rides on your shoulder all summer. And by “fire,” I am talking about a threat of potentially biblical proportions
Feb. 10 2020
My favorite book is “Tuesdays with Morrie.” It was a book given to me decades ago by a treasured, life-long friend after my brother had passed
Jan. 25 2020
On many dairies, the milking equipment is the hardest working but often the most neglected equipment. Even most old farm trucks get the oil changed on a regular basis, but for some reason we think that...
Jan. 25 2020
Milkfat, due in part to booming butter sales and greater demand for whole milk, underpinned milk checks during the past four years. That price role reversal over milk protein appears to have run its c
Jan. 25 2020
The author has been involved in large-scale commercial dairying in Wisconsin for more than 20 years and is now an account manager for Chr. Hansen Inc.It’s a basic human tendency to avoid confrontati
Jan. 16 2020
Marilyn Hershey This month, my parents celebrate 60 years of marriage. They have spent twice as many years together as they have apart. I have wonderful memories growing up on our Pennsylvan
Jan. 10 2020
Some dairymen and women have raised questions as to whether or not the Dairy Promotion and Research Program still delivers value for the 15-cent investment each of us makes for every 100 pounds of milk
Jan. 10 2020
A vaccination strategy for the prevention and reduction of clinical disease is of paramount importance on every dairy farm and young stock operation in the world
Jan. 10 2020
Everything on a dairy farm begins with a calf. For that reason, in this article we will explore cow-calf research that was presented at the International Society of Applied Ethology (ISA
Jan. 10 2020
A new year, a new decade, and a new start. I think I’m not alone when I say, “Bring on 2020!” 2019 was a year that had more downturns than upswings and more challenges than answers
Dec. 12 2019
When the kids were still living at home, one of our traditions was to read through the Christmas story before we opened gifts. It helped bring all of us back to the central reason our family celebrate
Dec. 12 2019
Why are all teats dipped with a pre- and postmilking teat disinfectant? Are pre- and postmilking teat disinfectants designed the same?
Dec. 12 2019
Many scientists and animal breeders are keenly interested in directly altering a portion of an organism’s genome to incorporate specific traits