April 13 2021
The fresh cow requires neutral detergent fiber (NDF) from high-quality forages such as brown midrib (BMR) corn silage, alfalfa, and even nonforage sources of fiber
April 13 2021
several years ago, Duane and I took advantage of a cost share program with our county conservation organization
April 10 2021
My tools were getting unorganized, and I would not know where the last person put them. So, I came up with a simple idea. I hung all my tools in the right place and traced them with a permanent marker
April 10 2021
When the Maddox family expanded their dairy herd to 3,200 cows in the late 1970s, there weren’t many farms of that size in California or across the country
April 1 2021
In the 1960s a statewide milk income pooling plan was adopted in California because the state was not eligible to be part of the Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) program since geographic isolation meant...
April 1 2021
my mother often tells the story of when she was a young child and went on a trip with her sister, mother, aunt, and two cousins
March 25 2021
Over the past decade, inseminations to sexed semen have grown from 9% of Holsteins and 23% of Jersey heifers and cows in 2009 to 21% of Holstein females and 46% of Jersey females in 2020
March 25 2021
Even though Federal Milk Marketing Order reform may not be top of mind in Congress, we can debate and coalesce around potential solutions. Not only could strong industry-generated consensus propel pos
March 25 2021
It's Monday morning and you start the day by feeding calves as the sun comes up over the hills
March 25 2021
Farmers continue to perfect both the art and science that goes into raising dairy cattle. With that has come more milk per cow per day.“
March 10 2021
Do you need a handy way to hold your dipper when milking cows?
March 10 2021
A decade ago, I received the news that my mother had gained her angel wings. That day is forever etched in my brain and heart as if it were yesterday
March 9 2021
The wins in the beverage category have been few and far between. While whole milk began reversing a decades-long sales spiral, overall per capita consumption has slid to the depths not seen sinc
March 9 2021
The benefits of feeding sugar, often by means of molasses, to dairy cows have been well-researched. From a physiological standpoint, sugar supplementation improves microbial efficiency and supports fiber-digesting...
March 9 2021
Whether your dairy farm is staffed entirely by family, brings in a few outside workers, or employs dozens of people, providing a safe, desirable work environment is key to making sure you have people to...
Feb. 8 2021
We always have shoe booties (shoe covers) for visitors at the entrance door of our barn for biosecurity reasons. We made a wooden box that is 2 feet long, 1-foot wide, and 1-foot deep
Feb. 8 2021
One thing my husband, Duane, and I have noticed over the years is the significant impact of a state university. We especially see it when there is a group of farmers gathered
Feb. 8 2021
Canada and Japan largely stand alone with supply control systems governing, and at times protecting, their respective dairy industries. Realizing supply controls hinder both internal and external comp
Feb. 8 2021
When President Biden tapped former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State John Kerry as the United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, the newly elected President issued a clear signal that mi
Feb. 8 2021
Dairy product sales, both at home and abroad, have changed more in the past 12 months than in any previous five- or 10-year time frame
Jan. 13 2021
I routinely paint measurements on forage and feed bags and piles to track disappearance of feeds and help monitor forage inventories