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. 14 2019
For anyone with a food allergy, certain foods can bring consequences that range from uncomfortable to life-threatening. Such allergies are nothing to take lightly
Jan. 7 2019
The number of small to mid-sized dairy farms in the United States has been falling for decades, and economist Daniel Basse compared this trend to the general population.
Dec. 31 2018
It has been another year in which consumer wants and needs are changing the way animals are raised and foods are marketed
Dec. 24 2018
It was a very wet fall for some regions of the country, including the Midwest. That made corn silage harvest a challenge to say the least
Dec. 17 2018
No-till and cover crops improve soil health, but benefits of these cropping methods also reach the pocketbook
Dec. 10 2018
Four quarts of clean, high quality colostrum (greater than 50 grams per liter [g/L] of immunoglobulins or IgG) — within six hours of birth — has long been the recommendation for successful...
Dec. 3 2018
The transition period after weaning can be one of the most stressful times in a heifer’s life
Nov. 26 2018
We hear a lot about milk or milk replacer feeding for calves, but Pennsylvania State University’s Jud Heinrichs emphasized the importance of feeding calf starter in a recent presentation
Nov. 19 2018
Not all types of salmonella behave the same. That was one of the main points made by Donald Sockett, D.V.M., during his presentation at the Calf Care Connection workshop hosted by the Professional Dairy...
Nov. 15 2018
Most people living in the northern United States or Canada have come to expect long, cold winters.
Nov. 12 2018
Each dairy cattle breed has its perks and its quirks, and Jerseys are no exception. On our Hoard’s Dairyman Farm, we certainly notice differences in personality and behavior between our Jerseys and...
Nov. 5 2018
When people talk about sustainability, they often refer to the term “carbon footprint.” However, there is more to the sustainability story than greenhouse gases
Oct. 29 2018
It takes approximately 1,400 pounds of corn to finish out a steer. Would we be better off feeding that corn to humans instead?
Oct. 26 2018
When I was in middle school, the barn on my family’s dairy farm burnt down
Oct. 22 2018
“What happens on paper isn’t always what happens in the field, in the barn, or in the parlor,” said Lisa Holden, an associate professor at Penn State University
Oct. 15 2018
For generations, farmers have fed calves whole milk. In fact, with the growing popularity of on-farm pasteurizers, some farms have returned to feeding milk for its nutritional benefits after utilizing...
Oct. 8 2018
A dairy farmer can take great care to make sure the milk produced on his or her farm is of the highest quality as it travels from the cow to the bulk tank
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Oct. 5 2018
Christmas came early for Rivendale Farms of Pittsburgh LLC, Bulger, Pa., as their cow, MB Lucky Lady Feliz Navidad-ET, received top honors at the International Jersey Show at World Dairy E
Oct. 3 2018
The colored shavings at World Dairy Expo are nothing new for Palmyra Berkley P Ruth-ET, as she earned Grand Champion honors at the International Ayrshire Show for the second year in a row. The winning
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Oct. 3 2018
World Dairy Expo is a family-friendly event, but anyone with young children knows that taking a trip anywhere requires extra planning, both prior to the activity and once you get there