March 30 2022
We use colored clothespins to mark the cows that need attention when they are in the headlocks. This makes it quick and easy to spot the cows we need from the front and the back
March 30 2022
As shelled corn prices are a couple dollars higher per bushel (56 pounds as-fed basis) compared to prior years, dairy farmers are asking what alternatives and strategies could be considered
March 30 2022
We are beginning to see the term “make allowance” in dairy headlines, and it is important to understand what it means and how it works
March 30 2022
The triple play of sexed semen, genomic tests, and beef semen on dairy cows is earning all-star honors as a replacement management strategy on many of our dairy farms
March 30 2022
In just two years, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) transformed itself from selling over one-half of its members’ milk to third-party processors to processing two-thirds of its own milk
March 30 2022
While there is often pushback that ruminants are utilizing land that could otherwise be used for edible food production for humans, cattle deliver value
March 30 2022
Escapes happen consistently on our farm. Talking to and reading about fellow farmers makes me think that I am not alone in this common occurrence
March 1 2022
When training calves to drink at our automatic feeders, it is difficult to keep them inside the stall. We took an iron pipe and welded two rods on both sides so it doesn’t slip out
March 1 2022
Early lactation is widely regarded as both the most precarious and the most rewarding time in the lactation cycle for dairy cows
March 1 2022
It seems that perhaps manure is the barometer of a dairy. When discussing weather, temperature gets most of the attention. The high and low temperatures are the key weather facts of a day
March 1 2022
Farmers and the food we deliver to our fellow Americans are valued more than ever. While it took a pandemic to propel farming and agriculture to the top of the business and industry rating scale
March 1 2022
Separating a dairy calf from its dam shortly after birth is a standard farm practice. For years, this has been considered safer and healthier for animals and people
March 1 2022
I recently had the opportunity to judge the extemporaneous speaking contest at the Pennsylvania Junior Holstein Club annual convention
Feb. 9 2022
I had a problem with losing the plug for my bulk tank manhole where I connect the pipeline to the tank. I attached a chain to the plug, so now it stays there and is always in reach
Feb. 9 2022
We are a busy dairy farm with a lot of jobs to complete in a day, but when love is in the air, it sometimes shows up in peculiar places
Feb. 9 2022
Washing the inside of the pipeline on a milking system involves multiple aspects that should be monitored on a routine basis. Let’s begin with the basics
Feb. 9 2022
America's ports are a portal to customers around the world. Since the onset of the pandemic, those ports have been receiving inbound goods
Feb. 9 2022
Dairy farmers start each new year with anticipation that milk prices will be better than the year before. In the case of 2022, it appears that hope will become a reality
Feb. 9 2022
Dairy demand is up. “The last two years have been the strongest on record. Per capita consumption is up 3 pounds,” said Michael Dykes in his opening comments
Jan. 14 2022
To avoid opening the shop door when I needed air, wasting electricity and letting out heat, I simply hung a hose reel outside the shop and hooked it up to the air supply
Jan. 14 2022
The 2021 forage year was a challenge for some due to drought and wildfires. Yet, it bore good news for others with favorable growing conditions and yields