Nov. 21 2019
The last day of July I received a phone call from my husband, Scott, that one of our off-site heifers was injured
Nov. 20 2019
Last week, when the news broke that Dean’s had filed for bankruptcy, I sat staring at my phone wondering what this meant for our family farm; you see, we ship our milk to Dean’s
Nov. 19 2019
University of Minnesota senior Emily Annexstad and her sophomore brother Matthias topped the collegiate and 4-H contests, respectively, held at the North American International Livestock Exposition in...
Nov. 19 2019
“A huge, powerful, and overwhelming force or institution.” That is the definition of juggernaut, and Spencer County FFA in Kentucky has certainly earned the description after claiming their...
Nov. 18 2019
“Looking at the big picture . . . excessive rainfall had a huge impact on both hay crops and corn silages this year,” said Mike Rankin
Nov. 15 2019
Lately, mental health has been a circulating concern and the topic of a lot of conversations
Nov. 14 2019
It was a battle all day at the North American International Livestock Exposition for the Dairy Bowl contest. Seventeen teams from Washington to Massachusetts competed. Wisconsin was undefeated when they...
Nov. 13 2019
Oh, this little girl . . . I don’t know what it is, but she is my princess. She’s just over a year old, and she is already a rough and tumble, never quit monster with an eye for accessories...
Nov. 12 2019
Pull into any farmyard and you will likely be welcomed by the farm dog before the farmer. Sometimes those barks belong to the true working dog, other times it’s the family dog or even the little...
Nov. 11 2019
TikTok is a global social network based on video content that started in China. The audience is mostly younger people (under 30 years old), and it is around the size of Instagram with about 1 billion users
Nov. 8 2019
Many of you come from small dairy farms like I did. For some, family members make up the entire labor force that must complete the daily work associated with dairy farming
Nov. 7 2019
My husband, Scott, has a master plan that generally includes 100 things to get done in a day’s work. Rarely do the stars align so that everything gets checked off
Nov. 6 2019
Everyone has a different definition of what a farmer is. The worst I found came from dictionary.com, and it was, “an unsophisticated person from a rural area.”
Nov. 5 2019
My parents have not had good luck with Mother Nature in recent years. In 2016, Hurricane Irma destroyed six of their barns. Just a few days ago a tornado ripped through the farm
Nov. 4 2019
Corn silage’s energy comes from the high moisture portion of the plant. That grain portion is approximately 65 percent of the total plant’s energy
Nov. 1 2019
At World Dairy Expo, Chris Wolf, a professor in Agricultural Economics and Management at Cornell University, presented a seminar on the sometimes dreaded topic of dairy farm finances and decision making
Oct. 31 2019
It is an exciting time here at the farm. The finishing touches are being made to get the robots ready to milk our cows starting next Tuesday
Oct. 30 2019
In a meeting, I was asked what my main focus on the farm was, and I had to pause for a second to think about it
Oct. 28 2019
This past weekend I had the rare opportunity to visit the high school I graduated from three decades ago
Oct. 25 2019
Working with family on the farm can be rewarding and enjoyable . . . until you need to move a cow from Point A to Point B together. Do any of you ever feel this way?