March 9 2017
We have come to a fork in the road here at Hillcrest Farms. Like I have said in the past, we are always trying to keep up with technology and stay at the forefront of our industry
March 8 2017
Just about every packaged food item at the grocery store comes with an “expiration” or “sell by” date on the label. My inclination is that most people heed these guidelines
March 7 2017
I am proud to be a third-generation dairy farmer and the fourth generation on my family’s farm. There’s a definite sense of success that comes with knowing I carry on a tradition
March 6 2017
All winter we analyze our calves in anticipation for the next show season. Are they big enough? Are they good enough?
March 3 2017
In last week’s blog "Land rich but feeling dirt poor? You have more than you think," I gave an overview of the unfortunate outcomes that can happen when farmers do not have their estate planning
March 2 2017
With spring around the corner, it’s time for a fresh start.
March 1 2017
A man tall in stature and high in principles. Terry Howard was well-respected in the dairy industry for his nearly 30-year career as a Wisconsin extension dairy specialist, with a focus on feeding and...
Feb. 28 2017
“But she’s light,” my daughter Monika said, her words laced with consternation. We were looking at the Jersey heifer calf in the calf warmer
Feb. 27 2017
Ultimately, the economically optimal pregnancy rate depends on many herd specific factors, but especially the costs associated with making the management changes that result in an increased pregnancy rate
Feb. 24 2017
“Who gets the farm?” asked the daughter. “We are too young to die. You kids will be taken care of and Jimmy gets the farm,” retorted the dad as he quickly changed the subject
Feb. 22 2017
One of the best ways to get noticed on social media is to use live video – meaning no video editing. It’s in the moment
Feb. 21 2017
Is it just me or do the last few weeks of winter seem like the longest? You get a little break, maybe a couple days of gorgeous sunshine, and then the next storm blows in
Feb. 20 2017
Just like conventional feeding systems, there are many ways to operate an automatic calf feeder, and those management factors affect calf health, stress, and more
Feb. 17 2017
The National Dairy FARM program is a voluntary program that promotes transparency in the food supply. It began in 2009 and has gained support from producers, milk cooperatives, and food companies
Feb. 16 2017
I walked into the building and the smell hit me hard. So hard in fact, that my eyes began to water
Feb. 15 2017
Have you ever thought how emerging technologies will affect agriculture in the long run to optimize management and profitability?
Feb. 14 2017
My husband, Glen, and I will celebrate 15 years of marriage later this year. For 12 of those 15 years, we have been dairy farming together
Feb. 13 2017
A couple of weeks ago, dad came into work just flat out mad. You could tell when he stepped out of the truck to just leave him be, so that’s what we all did
Feb. 10 2017
As a young person, people ask what you want to be when you grow up. I remember in the fourth grade that fellow students asked me that very question
Feb. 8 2017
For the past 146 years, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has entertained families across the country