James Baird James S. Baird enhanced the appearance of Hoard's Dairyman for multiple generations of readers. His contributions included dynamic cover photos, creative graphics, captivating Christmas covers and, of course, the "Foster Mothers of the Human Race" paintings. Sadly, Jim passed away this January at age 86. We honor his memory on the front cover of this issue . . . the first front cover available after the close of our annual Hoard's Dairyman Cow Judging Contest. Jim would have wanted us to wait as he worked with those cows, too.

"Behind the scenes" sums up Jim Baird's career-long contributions to our magazine and the industry. In the 44 years spanning from 1948 to 1992, Baird was the art director and main photographer at Hoard's Dairyman. His photos of herds and dairy operations, taken in 37 different states, appeared on some 700 of the magazine's covers. In addition, Baird created 43 consecutive Christmas-themed December covers that were rendered in the challenging "scratchboard" technique.

Sept. 27 2016
Hoard's Dairyman Daily Cheese
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Forage systems match modern cows and farms Alfalfa cutting schedules, corn silage's growing role in diets, and storage demands due to larger herds highlight changes to forage practices in the past 40 years
Sept. 25 2016
We had to make a better pizza Dairy Management Inc., via the dairy-farmer checkoff, provided the shot in the arm that not only turned around Domino's, but the entire pizza category. by Hoard's Dairyman...