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


April 7 2014
Farm milk prices and margins were surprisingly strong this past winter. As we head into spring, prices may weaken, as they often do, as milk production marches toward its seasonal peak. Even so, prices...
April 7 2014
Agronomists say that for all the plant growth you see above ground, there is an equivalent root mass found underneath the soil's surface supplying plants with life-giving nutrients. This living, breathable...
April 7 2014
China and India's practices leapfrog a generation Farmers in the world's two most populous countries are updating production practices at a rapid pace. Even so, this modernization effort isn't without...
March 21 2014
by Gary Sipiorski The author is the dairy development manager for Vita Plus of Madison, Wis. He is a member of the board of directors with Citizens State Bank of Loyal, Wis. Recently, there have been a...
March 21 2014
Genetics, genomics and good cow sense all garnered attention at a recent national genetics workshop. by Hoard's Dairyman staff The Genetic Workshop not only included discussions on breeding better cows,...
March 21 2014
The family farm can beat the odds and survive with well-thought-out planning and sound execution. by Kirk Sattazahn The author is a director of marketing at Select Sires in the Mid-Atlantic area. He is...
March 7 2014
Would your dairy pass an OSHA inspection? Safety is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's top concern, and dairy is now on their radar screen
Feb. 27 2014
by Bill Brooks The author is a dairy economist with Downes-O'Neill/FC Stone, LLC, Dearborn, Mo. There was generally good news for U.S. dairy producers with the release of USDA's World Agricultural Supply...
Feb. 27 2014
Real dairy history took place when the President signed the new farm bill into law this past February. That momentous shift included the elimination of three underperforming dairy programs. Gone are dairy...
Feb. 27 2014
A Europe without dairy quotas After operating for three decades with quotas, Europe's self-imposed muffler on milk production will expire on March 31, 2015. How might the new dairy landscape affect exports?...
Feb. 19 2014
Real dairy history took place when the President signed the new farm bill into law this past February. That momentous shift included the elimination of three underperforming dairy programs. Gone are dairy...
Feb. 19 2014
by Joe Horner The author is an extension economist at the University of Missouri's Commercial Agriculture Program. A grant from North Central Risk Management Education paid for the workshops. FCS Financial...
Feb. 19 2014
by Scott Brown The author is a research assistant professor in the department of agricultural and applied economics at the University of Missouri. The MILC or Milk Income Loss Contract program was the...
Feb. 18 2014
Dairy once again proved it can be a divisive issue. Reportedly, the farm bill's dairy provisions were still being hammered out just hours before the final bill was filed with the House Rules Committee....
Feb. 18 2014
Long-term trade prospects gathered a lion's share of the attention as marketers from across the U.S. and around the world joined in the conversation at IDFA's Dairy Forum. by Hoard's Dairyman staff An...
Feb. 18 2014
Proper integration of the farm bill's new insurance program will offer dairy producers meaningful options to reduce price risk. by Scott Brown The author is a research assistant professor in the department...
Jan. 30 2014
Popular opinion is hard to dispel, especially following decades of questionable research and misguided advice repeated all too often by medical professionals and nutritionists alike. Despite the uphill...
Jan. 30 2014
by Peter Vitaliano The author is vice president, economic policy and research, National Milk Producers Federation. This year is shaping up to be a very good one for dairy farmers. The reason, without oversimplifying...
Jan. 16 2014
by Chad Dechow The author is an associate professor of dairy cattle genetics at Penn State University. The Lifetime Net Merit index (NM$) was introduced in 1994 with revisions made in 2000, 2003, 2006...
Jan. 16 2014
It was 20 years ago that BST officially entered the marketplace. Originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in late 1993, its entry was delayed another 90 days when a moratorium was...