May 31 2017
Warm weather, a break from school, and June Dairy Month bring a stir of events on the farm throughout the summer
May 30 2017
As Memorial Day passed yesterday, it left me feeling rather reflective and in awe of the many blessings this dairy life provides
May 26 2017
Searching for a reflective topic, I decided to browse the Hoard’s Dairyman archives from late May and June from 20 years ago
May 25 2017
It’s the most important meal a calf will ever receive, but is it as nutritious as it should be? With no immunity to fight off illness, colostrum is essential within the first few hours of life
May 24 2017
A unique aspect of the education system at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo is the “Learn by Doing” approach to educational skills in class
May 23 2017
I started blogging about dairy farming and sharing photos on social media with the goal of giving people reasons to feel good about dairy farming
May 22 2017
As the old pop song goes, “You’ve got to know when to hold 'em. Know when to fold 'em. Know when to walk away and know when to run.”
May 19 2017
When I went to the dentist a few weeks ago she was telling me about getting ready for a small family party for her son’s First Holy Communion
May 18 2017
There are some salespeople who call on our farm that I don’t mind seeing. Then there are those that I avoid. Which one do you want to be?
May 17 2017
More than 14,800 cow judges from all 50 states and 15 other countries tackled the five classes in the 2017 Hoard’s Dairyman Cow Judging Contest
May 16 2017
We graze our Guernsey herd for as many months out of the year as the Oregon weather allows. In a normal year this season lasts from the beginning of April through October
May 15 2017
When it comes to making purchasing decisions, consumers can be difficult to gauge, and traditionally, they vote with their wallets. That makes labels a vital piece of the purchasing decision
May 12 2017
Pinching pennies may be old hat to some, but for others changing the way we think can uncover some untapped income opportunities. Mike Hutjens presented “On-farm feed diagnostics”
May 11 2017
Each day, many of us scroll through pictures and posts on various social media platforms. For some of us, it is also how we get our news
May 10 2017
Fourteen grams of protein and satisfies my sweet tooth? Count me in! Yogurt is one of my favorite foods and preferred dairy product because of its great taste and high nutritional value
May 9 2017
Two recent experiences with rules and regulations made me realize how much government guidelines need to adapt to changing farming practices
May 8 2017
World Dairy Expo lost one of its founding members this past weekend
May 5 2017
Joey Schilter is the youngest of three children raised on a dairy farm in the state of Washington. His older siblings are “passionate about winning” and have done well in many activities, shared...
May 4 2017
Having a good group of employees is one of the best blessings we have received here at Hillcrest Farms. Yes, we occasionally have the hard to fill position
May 3 2017
Social media has almost become a bit of a necessary evil these days. We use it to keep in touch with friends and family, to ask advice, to buy and sell things, and to entertain each other and share