May 20 2019
Fresh cows are the future of your herd. Their production will determine profitability over the next year
May 20 2019
You might be using tail paint, also known as tail chalk, in your breeding program for several reasons. “It’s cheap.” “It’s what my neighbors do.”
May 17 2019
From a business standpoint, the most money saved per heifer on a dairy farm can be saved in the weaned pens. This accounts for calves that are weaned up to when they are around 150 days...
May 16 2019
If you do what you love for a living, you’ll never work a day in your life. I have seen that sentiment written often, especially recently. Maybe because it is graduation time and there is so much...
May 15 2019
When we started thinking about robotic milking, I had to look outside our region of the U.S. for ideas
May 14 2019
If the last couple of years have taught us anything, it's that we don't know anything
May 13 2019
Did you know that one in six kids in the U.S. faces hunger? It's even worse in the summer because they might not have access to free or reduced-price school meals
May 10 2019
What’s the best heat stress abatement practice? Standing? No. That’s not the correct answer, but if you watch a pen of cows that are experiencing heat stress, it sometimes appears to be their...
May 9 2019
Many of my days are similar to most of yours. I juggle things on the home front while helping out where needed in the barn
May 8 2019
We’ve never been that herd with the consistently low somatic cell count (SCC). Back when quality bonuses were a thing, we rarely hit the highest bonus level even though we tried everything to bring...
May 7 2019
Last week, I was in one of our manufacturing plants changing a line over and one of the men, who was very much my senior, mentioned as he worked next to me that I was “tough.”
May 6 2019
Activity monitors know cows’ estrous cycles with 24/7 monitoring Less time. Less labor. And more bred cows. Does it sound too good to be true?
May 6 2019
Guernseys were the foundational breed of the Hoard’s Dairyman herd when the farm was started by W.D. Hoard in 1899. More than a century later, in 2009, Jerseys were added to the herd, and they have...
May 6 2019
Guernseys were the foundational breed of the Hoard’s Dairyman herd when the farm was started by W.D. Hoard in 1899. More than a century later, in 2009, Jerseys were added to the herd,...
May 3 2019
I can officially say I am a college graduate. This past week, I finished my fourth and final year of college and graduated from Utah State University with a degree in agricultural communications and journalism
May 2 2019
Things are moving along on the farm. The concrete has been poured. All five of our robots have been set in place. The walls are beginning to go up on our building
May 1 2019
I’m getting old. I used to be able to pull all-nighters with ease, but this past week has proven that those days have seriously passed
April 30 2019
There are some things in life that leave a lasting impression. Moments and memories from childhood that stand out from the rest — even a simple image can return a flood of memories
April 29 2019
The first day of school. Getting your driver’s license. Graduation day. Each is new beginning that comes with responsibility and new experiences
April 29 2019
As cases of Klebsiella mastitis have increased in dairy operations across the U.S., so have efforts to reduce the prevalence of this widespread environmental pathogen