The author is an associate editor and covers animal health, dairy housing and equipment, and nutrient management. She grew up on a dairy farm near Plymouth, Wis., and previously served as a University of Wisconsin agricultural extension agent. She received a master’s degree from North Carolina State University and a bachelor’s from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Nov. 30 2020
Trust can be hard to earn and even more difficult to repair once it is broken. Being trustworthy is one of the greatest gifts we can give our family, friends, and coworkers
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Nov. 25 2020
When lameness cases develop in a dairy herd, it can be difficult to get to the root of the problem
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Nov. 16 2020
While dry hay once dominated alfalfa production, certain parts of the country have come to rely more on alfalfa haylage over time
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Nov. 13 2020
For years, people working with dairy cows have called the drop in calcium around calving milk fever. Ironically, milk fever, also known as hypocalcemia, does not cause a fever at all
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Nov. 12 2020
As the harvest season comes to an end, farms may find themselves with excess forage, the right amount of forage, or not enough forage to feed their herd in the year ahead
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Nov. 9 2020
Before and after calving, a dairy cow’s body experiences significant change. This includes the uterus, which can go from carrying a calf, placenta, and fluids down to the size of an adult’s...
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Oct. 29 2020
“2020 has certainly been a roller coaster year,” said dairy analyst Matt Gould, stating the obvious during the Pennsylvania Center for Dairy Excellence’s “Navigating the Numbers”...
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Oct. 26 2020
Dairy farmers have watched prices for their products climb to surprising highs and fall to devastating lows since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March
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Oct. 26 2020
When it comes to mastitis, milk culturing can answer a very important question: “Are we dealing with contagious or environmental organisms?”
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Oct. 19 2020
Anyone who works with calves knows they can become sick and dehydrated very quickly
Dry Cow
Oct. 12 2020
There’s almost always a shortage of time and a lack of space on dairy farms. When deciding which animals get the most attention and best resources, the answer is typically the milking herd, and understandably...
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Oct. 5 2020
Matt Bomgardner of Blue Mountain View Farm in Annville, Pa., returned home to the family farm full time in 2005
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Sept. 24 2020
At calving, cows find themselves in a negative calcium balance. That’s because they are literally drawing from their own calcium stores to put the mineral into milk
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Sept. 21 2020
When Paul Fouts built a second freestall barn on his Cortland, N.Y., dairy, he chose to build another three-row barn
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Sept. 14 2020
Some students have known since kindergarten what they want to be when they grow up
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Sept. 14 2020
“Conflict is often healthy. It can generate creativity and new ideas, lead to improved decision making, and help people learn and grow,” said Rob Skacel, a business psychologist with True Edge...
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Sept. 4 2020
I have two young children, and keeping them occupied and safe can feel like a full-time job in some situations. This gives me a whole new appreciation and admiration for all the farm moms out there who
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Aug. 27 2020
Oftentimes, dairy farmers just take it day by day to get the work done. Still, it is crucial that someone in the business has an eye on the future and a plan of what is to come
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Aug. 17 2020
The number of daily visits a cow makes to an automated milking system has a notable impact on overall milk production
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Aug. 6 2020
An old friend of the dairy industry has returned. The “Got Milk?” campaign, which ran from 1993 until its retirement in 2014, is making a comeback