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Hoard's Dairyman is an American magazine with international circulation. Known as the National Dairy Farm magazine, it contains articles about and for the dairy industry.
Hoard's, as it is more simply known by its readers, was started in 1885 as a supplement to the Daily Jefferson County Union. The editor of the newspaper, William Dempster Hoard, saw the effects of the area's glacial soil on local farms. There was only a thin layer of top soil which could not support many crops. Hoard knew from his experience in New York that dairy herds could improve the farmland.
Upon W. D. Hoard's death, the publishing of Hoard's was passed onto his son, Frank Ward Hoard, in 1918 and then to his grandson, William D. Hoard, Jr. in 1939.
Hoard's has been a pioneer in the dairy industry since its inception. For instance, the magazine funded the first "cow census" to take place in the United States. Throughout the years, Hoard's has covered many firsts in the dairy industry. Many of its recommendations are now practiced nationwide. These include:
A popular tradition is the magazine's Cow Judging Contest, normally held annually. 2011 was the 81st year in which the contest was held. Over the course of