Sept. 14 2020
As calls for federal order revisions continue to mount, it’s important for all of us to recognize that these provisions perform a critical role in pricing milk across the country
Sept. 14 2020
As dairies face low milk prices, their ability to endure and recover from volatile conditions is more important than ever
Sept. 14 2020
For nearly every dairy farmer, corn silage harvest season is one of the most important periods of the entire year. As more and more farms transition toward rations high in corn silage, it becomes even
Sept. 9 2020
When we needed an additional paper towel dispenser in our milking parlor, instead of spending money on a new one, we used an old daily newspaper box
Sept. 9 2020
When our cows need something, they tell us. Although it is not with words, their verbal communication is easy to understand
Aug. 25 2020
Instead of using a shovel or an expensive piece of equipment for the ever-pressing job of pushing up feed, our dairy uses an old lawnmower with a scraper dedicated exclusively for the job
Aug. 25 2020
we are all missing our people. Our tribe. Our community. As I write this column, we now are approaching five months of this new normal, and quite honestly, it feels anything but normal
Aug. 25 2020
The unthinkable events that occurred in the first six months of 2020 will more than likely have an exceptionally long tail. That tail could be 12 to 24 months out or it may even be years long
Aug. 25 2020
Over the last decade, we have heard the phrase “from grass to glass” within our industry
Aug. 25 2020
There are two ways to look at the problem facing family dairy farms. The first is that of a “farm income problem.” The second is that of a “farm structure problem.” It is common...
Aug. 21 2020
Reproductive physiology is unique. The field is a subspecialty of the physiology discipline that includes the studies of andrology, gynecology, theriogenology, and obstetrics, which imply a clinical application
Aug. 21 2020
The unprecedented volatility in dairy markets over the last several months has raised questions about how milk is priced
Aug. 21 2020
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) completed its final report on July 15 and sent it to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar
Aug. 21 2020
Every time I tried to move my portable loading chute, I would have a hard time grabbing it with forks because it is unbalanced. I took an old bucket from my loader, cut off the attachment, and simply
Aug. 21 2020
Resilience has always been a word that embodies farmers. I have heard this stated numerous times but never more frequently than in the past six months
July 17 2020
I created an easier way to take down an old barbed wire fence. I cut the ends off a 55-gallon drum and lag screwed it to a 4 by 4
July 17 2020
i recently traveled home from American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA) board meetings in Columbus, Ohio
July 17 2020
There are two methods that could help generate genetic evaluations for lifetime economic merit. We could directly determine economic merit by tracking income and expenses for all cows. Keeping track of...
July 17 2020
Bunching of animals is a common problem in dairy facilities during summer months. It can be very frustrating as it is often difficult to determine what is causing cattle to bunch
July 17 2020
The 2020 pandemic is not yet over, but it is time to think critically about what can be learned from it
July 16 2020
Receiving a response from a federal agency just 48 hours after submitting a significant petition is almost unheard of these days