Jan. 3 2019
I'm kind of rediscovering who I am and what my hopes are
Jan. 2 2019
This week we said good riddance to 2018 and welcomed a new year. Are you excited? Because honestly, I’m still on the fence. The last year was pretty awful for the dairy industry
Dec. 17 2018
Anyone who dairy farms knows raising calves is a big investment. Feed and labor costs are high, and it can take more than two years before a calf starts contributing to the bulk tank as a cow
Dec. 17 2018
We are familiar with the concept of more milk equals more income. However, if additional milk comes with higher expenses, it may not be profitable
Dec. 14 2018
Finals week is around the corner and many college students, like myself, are trying to stay motivated to finish this semester strong. I thought comparing college finals to milking cows would be a fun way...
Dec. 12 2018
It was picture perfect. My wife was preparing an amazing meal in the kitchen, the kids were playing in the family room, and I was soaking it all in while holding my baby girl as she cooed and looked at...
Dec. 11 2018
As the industry we love looks to head into yet another difficult year, it’s hard not to be frustrated
Dec. 10 2018
I was watching Miracle, the movie about the 1980 Olympic hockey team, and I thought a few of the coaching strategies used by Herb Brooks might be helpful when working with youth in their competitions
Dec. 10 2018
Whole milk is an excellent foundation for the liquid calf diet. But it often lacks the necessary vitamins, minerals and optimal fat-to-protein ratio that pre-weaned calves need to perform their best
Dec. 7 2018
David Dickson, known to many as Dr. Dave, was a longtime professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and well-respected dairy judging coach
Dec. 6 2018
Via trains, planes, and automobiles, I recently made my way from East Moline, Ill., to Germany
Dec. 5 2018
Everyone bottle-feeds calves, right? The amount of milk and the length of time differs, but most farmers feed their calves with bottles
Dec. 4 2018
My good friend, Barb, recently lost her job. The company she worked for reorganized her department and her position was eliminated
Dec. 3 2018
Trace mineral nutrition and its application in dairy rations continues to receive significant attention through research and its implementation in the field
Dec. 3 2018
During last weekend’s holiday, I spent time with my out-of-state cousins. Because of our chatting, I did not make my regular Sunday mass time
Nov. 30 2018
Annie smiled, and even laughed a bit when she said “You’re talking to her” to the hoof trimmer who stopped by her dairy looking for business while I was visiting this past week. He was...
Nov. 29 2018
Every once in a blue moon we have a cold, sickness, or milk production drop from a feed change hit our herd. If you’re a dairyman, I am quite sure you have dealt with these things before
Nov. 28 2018
With the emergence of sexed semen and the ability to obtain more heifers per breeding, some have questioned its use
Nov. 27 2018
‘Tis the season of giving, and perhaps you’re wondering how you can help support farm families for this year’s #GivingTuesday
Nov. 27 2018
Thanksgiving is always one of my favorites holidays. It’s a time to gather with family and friends, enjoy delicious food, and really take the time to be thankful for all that we have