Commentary: Dairying is a privilege, not a right
Finally, someone articulated what I have been thinking for years. Here is what a reader from Vermont had to say following a story we ran about the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments failing to adopt a stricter SCC standard in the U.S.: FULL STORY »
Another missed opportunity to improve milk quality
When one of the readers of our daily newsletter heard that the somatic cell count standard in the U.S. won’t be upgraded to 400,000 cells/ml, he responded in the reader-comment section: FULL STORY »
Cutting the ethanol tax credit a first move in reducing debt
On April 18, the credit-rating service Standard & Poor’s downgraded the U.S. credit outlook from stable to negative. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the day down 140 points. FULL STORY »
Keep a close eye on China, Russia, New Zealand….
The Western Dairy Management Conference always attracts some of the brightest people in the dairy industry. This year was no exception. Waiting in the airport for my flight home, I took a few minutes to reflect back on what I had learned. I already knew that the dairy industry is affected by global events, but this conference reinforced it in a big way. (And, certainly, the tragic events in Japan, following that country’s massive earthquake and tsunami. FULL STORY »
If you were offended, we apologize
An article in the January issue of Dairy Herd Management on understanding Hispanic culture generated a fair amount of controversy. Some people pointed out that the article over-generalized about Hispanics and even contained some offensive references. FULL STORY »
How times (and corn prices) change!
When I became editor of Dairy Herd Management in 1992, the all-milk price was $13.50 per hundredweight and the corn price fluctuated between $2 and $2.50 per bushel. FULL STORY »
The gall of the USDA to ‘promote’ cheese
While browsing through The Kansas City Star on a recent Sunday morning, I came across an article on page A8 with the headline, “Government takes contradictory stance on cheese.” FULL STORY »
Personal beliefs aside, it’s good to reduce our 'carbon footprint'
The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy is spearheading research that will help the dairy industry reduce its “carbon footprint.” FULL STORY »