April 18 2022
Negative producer price differentials (PPDs) exploded onto the scene in June 2020 and sent shock waves throughout our dairy farming community
April 18 2022
Recently, I attended a herd health talk in which the presenter described a disease as the “silent thief,” and it struck me that, in my experience, Prototheca mastitis could be viewed analogously
April 18 2022
During unprecedented times like our society has been through the past two-plus years, the week-to-week swings may seem daunting
April 18 2022
With tight labor markets and constantly improving technology, there has been an exponential adoption of automated milking systems (AMS) throughout North America
April 18 2022
If you live on a dairy farm, the odds are high that you live near a small town. There are different definitions of what designates a small town versus a medium town or large town
April 10 2022
This country, Israel, has led the world in annual per cow production since the 1990s. Today, the 115,000 cows in the national herd produce 26,288 pounds of milk, 1,010 pounds of fat, and 880 pounds of...
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