Aug. 19 2019
It has been said that you cannot manage what you cannot measure. To many, cow comfort is not something that is easy to evaluate
Aug. 16 2019
At the beginning of my fall semester in 2018, my only concerns were keeping up with classes and dairy judging
Aug. 15 2019
Earlier this summer, I was on a search to find the right clipper blades. This challenge reminded me once again that the dairy business has changed, and that holds true in the showing world, too
Aug. 14 2019
Ah, fair week. As a farm kid, fair week has always been one of my favorite weeks of the year
Aug. 13 2019
One of my goals in writing these blogs is to bridge a gap that I have perceived between the farming side of dairy and the processing side
Aug. 9 2019
The forthcoming crisp fall air will also welcome in the continuation of the tanbark trail and the beginning of dairy judging contests
Aug. 8 2019
We have done a few tours over the years for other dairy farmers, federal and state representatives, friends, and our own family. Up to this point, we have never really given tours to the public
Aug. 7 2019
Let me tell you a story you may have not heard before. Many moons ago, there was but a few drinks to pick from on store shelves
Aug. 6 2019
Today, my family will lay my grandfather to rest. In his casket, we’ll place a bottle of whiskey for his safe keeping into eternity
Aug. 5 2019
The auction yard has long been a gathering place for those in production agriculture. Other than an obvious location to sell their livestock, it served as a meeting place for farmers
Aug. 5 2019
World Dairy Expo 2019 is just around the corner and soon attendees and exhibitors will be collecting ‘Tools for Dairy’s Progress’ during the annual event
Aug. 2 2019
Dairymen and women know there’s always room for improvement on the farm. That concept of constantly improving is a key at Maddox Dairy in Riverdale, Calif., where consistency is the focus
Aug. 1 2019
This summer our stress level has been heightened. From late planting to shortage of labor to a barn fire — we are undoubtedly overwhelmed and tense
July 31 2019
I usually write this blog on Monday to be published on Wednesday. So today, for me, is Monday. Over the last year, I’ve been a little more open about my mental health struggles, but after the last...
July 30 2019
820 million. That’s the number of people in the world that remained food insecure in 2018
July 29 2019
The most important part of generating lots of views on YouTube is the content. Bad content or content that doesn't resonate with the YouTube audience will never work
July 26 2019
For some, the slightest mention of anything “sustainable” might ignite an indifferent facial expression. For others, they grab the word right out of the sky and embrace it
July 25 2019
We are in full swing corn silage harvesting mode here at Hillcrest Farms. Last week temperatures rose to 100°F and higher and the humidity was right there with it
July 24 2019
A few months ago, I caught wind of a new group being formed — the California Cattle Council — and I was not amused
July 23 2019
sat in rush hour traffic in Oregon’s biggest city, Portland, the other day. It’s something I avoid at all costs, but then again, I try to avoid driving to the big city for anything