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.
June 18 2018
In addition to all the nutritional benefits dairy foods can offer growing children, new research has unveiled yet another positive reason to drink milk
June 15 2018
The word salmonella strikes fear into any animal caregiver. It is a disease that spreads quickly, has limited treatment options, and can make animals, particularly calves, very sick
Hoof care webinar
June 11 2018
Nearly every dairy herd is affected by lameness at some point, and for many, it is a persistent problem. Hoof problems don’t have to be accepted as a fact of dairy cow life, though
June 4 2018
When it comes to calf housing, we often think about what’s around the animal (including pen walls and air movement), but how much consideration is given to what lies beneath the calf as bedding?
May 28 2018
“Consumers are at the helm of redefining food culture today,” stated Shelley Balanko, who is senior vice president of The Hartman Group
May 25 2018
When every dollar counts, dairy producers must decide where to invest their time and resources
May 25 2018
When every dollar counts, dairy producers must decide where to invest their time and resources. For some, hiring custom operators for cropwork and manure hauling allows them to focus on the dairy side
May 21 2018
A calf faces many challenges at weaning, including the transition to a solid diet and often commingling with other calves. On top of this, a calf is still developing its immune system, which is not fu
May 14 2018
We are learning more and more all the time about how the amount of milk we feed a calf can affect future production
May 7 2018
“Milking is so routine, frankly, we don’t even think about it. It just happens,” said Phil Durst, Michigan State University Extension
April 30 2018
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to ride in a cattle trailer? Most of us probably haven’t, but Anthony Bontrager, the trucking supervisor for Country View Calves in Shipshewana, Ind.,...
April 23 2018
Not that many decades ago, ballottement or “bumping” a cow’s abdomen to check for a calf was a common method of pregnancy detection
April 20 2018
Growing up on my family’s dairy farm, more than once I had the opportunity to give a slippery, wet newborn calf its very first meal
April 16 2018
We’ve all heard it before: farmers need to tell their story. But why are the stories behind food so important?
April 2 2018
Yogurt has been a darling of the dairy case, expanding in per capita consumption while fluid milk intake continues to fall
March 26 2018
The sooner calf dehydration is detected, the more likely treatment will be effective
March 19 2018
We consider dairy farming to be an occupation, a way of life, and often a family tradition
March 12 2018
A new study found that cows fed all grass produced milk with a more desirable balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids
March 10 2018
While some young dairy enthusiasts grow up participating in dairy cattle judging and quiz bowl contests, students with an interest in dairy products can have a similar experience
March 9 2018
When you laugh, the whole body relaxes. Lyndy Phillips said that one minute of laughter boosts the immune system for 24 hours.