May 31 2019
At just 5 years old, I fell into the dairy industry by chance, but I’ve stayed by choice. My older brother had started showing dairy cattle for a local dairyman at the 2003 North Carolina State Fair
May 30 2019
Each year, we go through rain spells and dry spells, hot spells and cold spells. When it is cold, we are thinking about how nice hot weather would be, and when it is hot, we dream about how good that cold...
May 29 2019
Dear God, I know we pray for rain all the time, but will you please shut it off! We need to get corn in the ground and the corrals will not dry!
May 28 2019
Comparison is the thief of joy. Let’s enjoy the gifts of this dairy lifestyle
May 27 2019
Today’s milking technology provides numerous data points for dairies to use in their day-to-day routines and management decisions. With software and tools to monitor and track every step your cow...
May 24 2019
The rain has started falling again, and I am once again staring out the window wondering when and if it will stop
May 23 2019
The record cold, all the snow, and now the intense flooding that’s occurred since mid-March really has played havoc on moving forward with field work
May 22 2019
I don’t care how I get it, lottery? Rich uncle? Random Nigerian prince that I bail out of jail and is then so thankful he sends me loads of cash? But how would I spend it?
May 21 2019
Summer is right around the corner, which to many of us in agriculture and rural communities means one thing — fair season
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.”