Our magazine originated from the pages of the Jefferson County Daily Union, a newspaper founded by William Dempster Hoard, the first editor of Hoard's Dairyman and Wisconsin's 16th Governor. In that initial issue in 1885, W.D. Hoard said that Hoard's Dairyman would strive to "Give the choicest original and selected dairy literature to be obtained." We continue that legacy with each issue of Hoard's Dairyman and our growing internet presence, and vow that our next issue will be our best.
The publication helps readers run their businesses more effectively because Hoard's Dairyman staff operates a dairy farm themselves and writes from experience. The farm is home to the largest and longest continually registered Guernsey herd in the United States. A new freestall barn with four voluntary milking systems was built in 2019. The majority of the herd is housed in this facility; the remaining cows are milked in a double-10 parlor.