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


Aug. 10 2015
As the weather heats up, keeping milk cool becomes critical. Food safety, product flavor and shelf life - and, ultimately, consumer satisfaction - depend upon quickly cooling milk and holding it at the...
Aug. 10 2015
Now that Congress has approved Trade Promotion Authority, negotiators from 12 nations have begun final deliberations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Those final talks will ultimately determine...
Aug. 10 2015
We recently moderated a dairy farmer panel discussion where a member of the audience turned the conversation from cowside concerns to family matters. "How do you handle conflict on your family-run farm?"...
July 15 2015
Determining the breed composition of the U.S. dairy herd is somewhat of an inexact science because not all herds are enrolled in an official testing plan. Even among cows enrolled in a testing plan, the...
July 15 2015
From the heart of farm-centric Iowa, the Des Moines Water Works (a city department) has filed a lawsuit against three counties contending that drainage ditches that handle water collected by "engineered...
July 15 2015
A debate fraught with emotion, genetic engineering of crops may be a new concept, but trait selection has been practiced for centuries
June 15 2015
It has been decades since a region looked to implement a Federal Milk Marketing Order. Dusting off policy rules reveals a structured, transparent and lengthy process
June 15 2015
Unless Congressional action is taken to clarify RCRA, the Washington state ruling on manure and its nutrients could forever change livestock production
June 15 2015
A shift toward group housing calves is taking place; now we must decide what size of group is best
June 15 2015
It has been nearly a generation since dairy farmers last formally petitioned the USDA Secretary of Agriculture to establish a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO). That fact alone makes the California petition...
May 25 2015
Water is the chief building block of life. Without it, crops wither away and civilizations crumble
May 25 2015
One day your son or daughter may be running your dairy, and that begs the question, what should my 18-year-old know about farm finances? It might be hard to admit but each year everyone gets a year older
May 25 2015
When it comes to feed prices and dairy trade, two "C" words have dominated conversations for more than a decade: for ethanol it's corn and for dairy products it's China. Since only one in five of our readers...
May 10 2015
Sustainability conjures numerous thoughts in people's minds. And rightly so. Just how efficient, long-lasting and repeatable a process can be will determine whether it is a sink or swim proposition
May 10 2015
GenElite and Holstein Plaza are just two companies leading the charge in one of the dairy industry's most rapidly advancing areas - embryo marketing. At the 124th Wisconsin Holstein Association Convention,...
May 10 2015
Whole milk is a nutritious feed source for calves, but it also has limitations that must be handled properly
April 25 2015
In recent years, public health advocates have gained far too much clout in developing dietary guidelines for healthy eating
April 25 2015
In a product category that hasn't shown any sales growth for over a generation, Coca-Cola and Selec
April 25 2015
April 2015 Hoard's Dairyman Bull List
April 10 2015
While MILC would have likely paid out more in 2015, MPP-Dairy should prove the better long-run solution now that 40 percent of corn goes toward ethanol production