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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Aug. 19 2019
Converting from conventional tillage to a reduced or no-till cropping system may come with a learning curve, but in terms of corn planting, it doesn’t require new machinery
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Aug. 12 2019
Rather than planting the same crop in the same field year after year, rotating between two or more crops is the healthier route to go
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Aug. 5 2019
A well-designed barn for dry and transition cows can get expensive very quickly
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July 1 2019
Reproductive herd health visits by veterinarians have changed tremendously with the use of ultrasound technology
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July 1 2019
Quality calf care is a must, but in reality, a calf’s needs are fairly simple
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May 20 2019
Consistently, research shows that the longer calves can be backgrounded (housed and fed individually) before they are put into a group pen setting, the better
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May 13 2019
There is no one way to farm, and likewise, no two farmers are the same
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May 6 2019
Guernseys were the foundational breed of the Hoard’s Dairyman herd when the farm was started by W.D. Hoard in 1899. More than a century later, in 2009, Jerseys were added to the herd, and they have...
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May 6 2019
Guernseys were the foundational breed of the Hoard’s Dairyman herd when the farm was started by W.D. Hoard in 1899. More than a century later, in 2009, Jerseys were added to the herd,...
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May 6 2019
Disbudding or dehorning are very common practices in the U.S. dairy industry, for the safety of both animals and humans
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April 22 2019
By many accounts, the U.S. economy has been doing well in recent years. Can we stay at this level of economic strength, or is a recession lurking in the shadows?
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April 22 2019
“A calf is a ball at the top of a hill. Depending how you manage that calf, how you feed that calf and what happens to that calf, will affect its future direction,” said Michael Steele from...
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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