Dec. 13 2023
The United States and Canada are big trading partners, in agriculture and beyond, and this is a relationship that benefits both countries. For U.S. dairy products, however, the path into Canada is not...
Dec. 13 2023
Chelsea was a bright young vet student like they all are. She was spending most of her Christmas break at our practice getting some hands-on learning to add to her education
Nov. 14 2023
To better organize our tire sidewalls used to cover the silage pile, we built this rack out of I-beams and 2-inch tubing
Nov. 14 2023
One of the more popular songs, “My Favorite Things,” is one that I heard many times over the years and can easily be pulled into my head
Nov. 14 2023
Something happens to us when we age — quiet times of reflection occur more often, at least for me
Nov. 14 2023
In my life’s journey, I put people into two different categories: drains and radiators
Nov. 14 2023
Calves enter a world filled with bacteria, viruses, and parasites. These organisms can make them sick or even lead to death
Nov. 14 2023
Having just wrapped up a phone call with a nutritionist regarding farm programs related to sustainability and carbon credits, the time is right to revisit the topic
Oct. 17 2023
Russ was so excited to tell me about his new plans for calf rearing, even though some of those plans had been forced upon him
Oct. 17 2023
Sometimes our newborn calves don’t want to walk in from the field
Oct. 17 2023
We all have had that special calf that we could designate the princess of the farm — a calf that stands out above the rest
Oct. 17 2023
Here's the challenge: Cow milking routines are designed to facilitate a gentle, quick, and complete milk harvest
Oct. 17 2023
Dairy producers must constantly evaluate their operations to limit economic losses and secure a profit
Oct. 17 2023
Historically, we’ve been enamored with dairy farm output. Producing more milk per cow has equated to bragging rights, and milk per cow has been the performance indicator we’ve tracked closely...
Oct. 16 2023
When the production of ketone bodies gets beyond a certain concentration in blood, that is when the problems appear
Sept. 15 2023
The author is a partner and large animal veterinarian at Thumb Veterinary Services in Deckerville, Mich. What a difference a year makes!Mark Fox, D.V.M.The year 2022 will go down in the dairy books as...
Sept. 15 2023
Regardless of the cropping season, now is a great time to think about how you can maximize your herd’s response to the forages you’ve harvested. Proper grouping and allocation of forages is...
Sept. 13 2023
We needed a counterweight for our tractor
Sept. 13 2023
The author and her husband, Duane, own and operate a 550-cow dairy in Cochranville, Pa.Someone recently told me, “What we do a lot of, we typically do well.”
Sept. 8 2023
Feeding high-quality colostrum is recognized as a critical factor to raising healthy calves. In addition to supplying important immunological components, colostrum is rich in nutrients, hormones, and and...
Sept. 8 2023
With so much attention placed on animal welfare, the perspective of farmers is often overlooked, even though they are the ones who provide care to animals daily and have the greatest impact on animal welfare