May 11 2020
Dairy producer Kevin Solum has farmed his whole life, but he’s learned a tremendous amount more about managing cows in the 18 months since eight automated milking systems were installed
May 10 2020
We ran water pipes into our old barn to fill the livestock drinking tanks. That barn freezes during the winter, so we used this old propane tank as an air supply tank and plumbed it into the water pipe
May 8 2020
One of the biggest challenges we face today is how to feed the ever-growing population while producing our food in a manner that is environmentally, socially, and economically viable
May 8 2020
Rest is an essential component of not only cow productivity but also of animal welfare
April 27 2020
Dairy heifers have fluctuated in price over recent years, while young stock numbers have been near record highs relative to lactating cows
April 27 2020
It has been four years since my father left this earth for a better view from above. I miss him deeply, and I wonder what advice he and my late mother would offer us during these difficult times
April 27 2020
Once conception occurs in every species, there is always a chance that the newly formed embryo will not survive to birth. Loss of pregnancy is frustrating and can occur at various stages of gestation
April 27 2020
At the Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference on February 6 to 8 in Frankenmuth, Mich., producers gathered together to hear from industry experts on current topics
April 25 2020
The roll-up that stores the hose we use to wash down our parlor was getting rusty and leaky
April 25 2020
There is a lot of talk about viruses these days. I respect the serious response that people are paying to coronavirus. I would rather have precautionary measures put in place than potential
April 25 2020
iF YOU believe the clinical science supporting saturated fats in foods such as butter, cheese, eggs, and meat, you must call your senators and representatives in Washington, D.C., at once
April 17 2020
Their musical talent brought them together on a stage in Nashville, but their shared backgrounds — dairy farms, large families, and a love for music
April 16 2020
This column will not be about cows. Full disclosure time: I am a worrier. I worry about the cleanliness of my house
April 16 2020
If we ever need a reminder of why we should participate in milk risk management programs, 2020 will forever be remembered by everyone who lived through the COVID-19 era. The sunny price outlook that s
April 10 2020
It is not recommended to write on ear tags when the temperature is below freezing because the ink won’t set. When tagging in cold weather, I turn the heater in my truck to maximum
April 10 2020
Soils are the lifeblood of crop production, and healthy soils are critical to maximize forage and grain yields on the dairy farm
April 10 2020
The 59th annual meeting of the National Mastitis Council (NMC) was held in late January
March 27 2020
If there are any skeptics that do not believe in the power of genetic selection, then they have been ignoring the facts. The magical history of genetic selection has translated into more milk per cow
March 27 2020
Can a wrongly accused villain be vindicated and emerge as a superhero? That’s the epic battle taking place in nutritional science as experts convene to author the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for...
March 27 2020
The author and her family own and operate a sixth-generation dairy farm near St. Johns, Mich. transitioning the farm business from one generation to the next takes a great deal of personal, business
March 26 2020
Are you stuck? Is sad your go-to emotion? I realize these are heavy questions, but I encourage all of you, like I encourage myself, to ask yourself these questions