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.
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July 1 2022
Your dairy experience can bring value to careers both inside and outside of agriculture
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June 30 2022
It’s easy to get down when looking at the decline in fluid milk consumption, but it’s not all bad news.“Contrary to popular belief, dairy consumption is in pretty good shape,” said...
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June 27 2022
As consumers, we can play a role in reducing the nation’s carbon footprint, but it might not be in the way most people think
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June 23 2022
Greenhouse gases are emitted though human activity, and they accumulate in the atmosphere
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June 20 2022
Manure is typically a dairy cow by-product that is removed rather quickly, but before it is pushed down the alleyway or scraped into the gutter, a lot can be learned
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June 17 2022
From past to present, Guernseys have been a staple at the Hoard’s Dairyman Farm, and in 2021 the herd earned some new production awards
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June 16 2022
A heat wave swept across the nation this week, bringing humidity and extremely hot weather to both northern and southern parts of the country
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June 13 2022
The manure and bedding material removed from a bedded pack barn can be a valuable nutrient source for crops, but it is bulky
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June 9 2022
That first meal of colostrum can truly set the stage for calfhood and beyond
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June 6 2022
One of the three largest expenses on a dairy farm is raising replacements, and the greatest cost in that category is the feed it takes to get a heifer from birth to first lactation
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June 2 2022
All the physical and metabolic changes that take place at calving cause stress on a cow’s immune system and elevate the risk for developing metabolic disorders
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May 30 2022
The macronutrient nitrogen is essential for corn growth. This needed nitrogen is delivered to fields using fertilizer or manure, but the best timing for application can depend on several factors
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May 26 2022
Just 10 years ago, a good goal for milkfat production in a Holstein herd was 3.75%. Between 2000 and 2012, the average butterfat test in the Midwest was 3.7% to 3.8%
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May 23 2022
Individual dairy calf housing was a concept that arose in the 1960s. At the time, dairy farmers were struggling with high rates of calf morbidity and mortality
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May 19 2022
Most people who have spent time working with fresh cows would agree that clinical hypocalcemia, often known as milk fever, becomes more of a problem as cows get older
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May 16 2022
It was once common practice to treat nearly every fresh cow with a bottle of calcium intravenously (IV) to ward off milk fever, or clinical hypocalcemia
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May 12 2022
Group housing for preweaned calves often comes with an investment in automated feeders, but it doesn’t have to. The Paxton family of Grove City, Pa., is a working example of this.At Irishtown Acres
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May 9 2022
For Steele, a professor at the University of Guelph, calf health all starts with colostrum. He reminded the audience about the importance of cleanliness for both the colostrum and the equipment used to...
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May 9 2022
An original piece of art and a quote by W.D. Hoard commemorate the hardworking dairy cow
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May 5 2022
When it comes to raising heifers, we don’t want them to grow too slowly – or too fast