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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April 12 2019
Jouni Pitkäranta and Virpi Kurkela with 4d Barn Consulting shared features that can improve cow health and welfare in robotic milking facilities during a presentation at the Professional Dairy Producers...
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April 8 2019
As humans, we all experience stress from time to time. I would bet nearly everyone utters the words, “I am so stressed out” now and then
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April 8 2019
When every dollar counts, milkfat and protein levels in milk are extremely valuable in maximizing income over feed costs (IOFC)
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April 1 2019
As more and more alternatives clutter the dairy aisle, reserving the term “milk” for products that come from mammals is even more vital
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March 25 2019
Lameness isn’t a concern among heifers on most dairy farms. In recent years, though, a heifer hoof issue has appeared, and common rearing practices may be to blame.
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March 18 2019
Starting a dairy farm is no small feat, especially in today’s economy
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March 11 2019
The Hoard’s Dairyman Cow Judging Contest has roots that run deep for both the magazine and many participants
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March 11 2019
While dairy farmers have been trudging through years of low prices with little relief in sight, other facets of agriculture, such as specialty vegetable and fruit crops, can also relate
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March 10 2019
Dairy farmers know that each breed has unique characteristics; some are beneficial while others are challenging. For example, the Jersey cow is known for being more susceptible to milk fever
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March 4 2019
To bring in more income without adding cows, some dairy producers chose to diversify their operations by introducing other revenue streams
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March 1 2019
Involvement in a dairy cattle breed association can build relationships with other breeders both locally and around the country
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Feb. 26 2019
For many parts of the country, winter teased us with a mild start. Then mid-January hit, and along came snow, frigid cold, record-breaking wind chills, and ice
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Feb. 25 2019
After raising calves in hutches outside for years, the Roden family decided to look into new calf housing options to accompany the growth of their dairy herd
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Feb. 18 2019
The value of trade is more important to American agriculture than ever before
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Feb. 15 2019
Have there been times in your life when you felt like you didn’t fit in? My answer would certainly be yes, and I would venture a guess that most of you have felt this way at times, too
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Feb. 11 2019
Kinnard Farms in Casco, Wis., could be considered an early adopter when it comes to bedding with sand
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Feb. 10 2019
It doesn’t take long for a healthy calf to become a sick one. Early detection and treatment of disease can greatly improve the likelihood of success. During a hands-on workshop a
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Feb. 4 2019
University of Wisconsin’s Mark Stephenson forecasts that the 2019 Class III price will be up by 80 cents over last year
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Jan. 28 2019
When it comes to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USCMA), Under Secretary Ted McKinney calls it “a huge win,” especially for dairy
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Jan. 21 2019
We build dairy barns for cows, but birds are often unwanted guests that also make themselves at home