The author is the senior 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.
Jan. 17 2022
Most dairy economists are predicting a better year in terms of milk prices, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Mark Stephenson
Jan. 14 2022
When temperatures are between 59°F and 82°F, a dairy calf can manage and control its body temperature with relative ease. “They are generating metabolic body heat and have normal exchange...
Jan. 13 2022
Despite all the challenges the pandemic brought to 2020 and 2021, overall farm income ended up looking better than one might expect
Jan. 10 2022
Starbucks, the world’s largest coffeehouse chain, set ambitious 2030 targets to reduce its water and carbon footprints by half
Jan. 6 2022
A new year may bring new rental agreements. For farmers leasing pasture, extension educators Bill Halfman and Carolyn Ihde offered the following advice
Jan. 3 2022
Supply chain woes affected people across the country last year, from producers to consumers. Some of the hardest hit were farmers in California
Jan. 3 2022
Initiating difficult conversations and skillful negotiations takes practice and finesse
Jan. 1 2022
Anyone purchasing feed for livestock knows that hay prices have been on an upward trajectory. In fact, the average alfalfa hay price reported by USDA-NASS for September 2021 was $209
Dec. 30 2021
As another year comes to a close, we reflect on the events that shaped the dairy industry in 2021. Challenges remained, with high production costs, proposed regulations, and continued struggles
Dec. 27 2021
Conversations about calf feeding often focus on the liquid portion of the diet, either milk or milk replacer, but calf starter is an important part of the equation, too
Dec. 23 2021
Whether you are trying to fertilize fields, heat a home, or both, you know the bills for those products have gone through the roof this past year
Dec. 20 2021
It can seem difficult — or almost impossible — to keep water in front of calves in cold weather without having to deal with frozen buckets
Dec. 16 2021
As we brace ourselves and our farms for winter, there is one particularly vulnerable population on the dairy when it comes to cold weather.“Newborns are going to be the most susceptible animals
Dec. 13 2021
“If you are considering group housing, you have to be really good at everything,” said veterinarian Terri Ollivett during her presentation
Dec. 9 2021
Heifers can do very well when raised in freestalls, and the overall footprint and bedding requirements of a freestall barn is often smaller than that of loose housing
Dec. 6 2021
When feeding heifers, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Betsy Hicks has four main goals:1. Maintain health2. Achieve rate of average daily gain targets3
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Dec. 6 2021
There are many ways to incorporate dairy into the holiday season – make it part of your annual traditions
Dec. 2 2021
Many believe that sustainability will influence the purchases of tomorrow’s customers. In fact, 73% of Generation Z consumers in a 2020 survey said they would be willing to pay more
Nov. 29 2021
The word automation can bring both positive and negative thoughts to people’s minds when it comes to manufacturing
Nov. 24 2021
It has been a long-standing tradition for many people to enjoy a turkey dinner in some form on Thanksgiving Day