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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May 6 2021
Holstein steers have become a solid contributor to the nation’s beef supply
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May 3 2021
On Tony Brubaker’s Pennsylvania dairy farm, they began dry matter intake tracking 15 years ago
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April 29 2021
More than a year ago, the global health pandemic put many aspects of life on pause. Farmers faced their share of disruptions and challenges, but the daily work had to be done
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April 22 2021
This has been a disappointing week in my little corner of the world
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April 22 2021
As corn and soybean prices continue to climb upward, farmers may have some difficult decisions to make when it comes to rations for the dairy herd
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April 19 2021
Livestock feed prices are on the rise, and there’s no clear sign when that trend will reverse. These escalating costs may have dairy farmers reconsidering their current rations
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April 15 2021
Temperature swings and rainy days are often par for the course when it comes to spring. Although warmer weather is welcome after a cold winter, it can leave cattle housed in outdoor yards standing in mud
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April 12 2021
The concept of a brisket locator emerged as freestall housing grew in popularity for dairy cows. The traditional “brisket board” was, quite literally, a wooden board placed near the front...
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April 10 2021
When the Maddox family expanded their dairy herd to 3,200 cows in the late 1970s, there weren’t many farms of that size in California or across the country
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April 8 2021
An online conversation over a controversial Burger King commercial turned into so much more and put agriculture in a more positive light
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April 8 2021
Prior to moving his cows to their new home, Alan Waybright made a few fairly modest changes to the facilities that paid back quickly. He shared his most beneficial modifications during a Center for Dairy...
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April 5 2021
Matt Kaschmitter, a managing partner for Silverstreak Dairy, shared his insight in building connections between livestock producers and crop farmers at the Midwest Forage Association’s virtual annual...
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April 1 2021
The most important employees on a dairy farm are the cows. What we do for our bovine employees during the dry period plays a big role in how they perform once they re-enter the milking herd
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March 29 2021
“Dairy farmers don’t consider themselves beef producers, but they should,” said Aerica Bjurstrom, a University of Wisconsin Division of Extension agriculture agent, said during a “Badger...
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March 25 2021
Farmers continue to perfect both the art and science that goes into raising dairy cattle. With that has come more milk per cow per day.“
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March 22 2021
For New York dairy farmer Jim Davenport, a hoe is one of the most important tools on his dairy. It helps him maintain a 33,583 cells per milliliter (mL) average annual somatic cell count (SCC)
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March 15 2021
A combination of factors contributes to high-quality milk, but for New York dairy farmer Jim Davenport, he believes a low somatic cell count begins at the teat level
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March 8 2021
A Georgia family was able grant their farm’s patriarch one last wish after his passing
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March 8 2021
While automated milking systems sound appealing in many aspects, it takes careful consideration to determine if robotics are the right fit for a dairy
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March 1 2021
Farm work often requires road travel, whether it is driving equipment from field to field, trucking animals from one location to another, or hauling milk