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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July 11 2016
Salmonella is one of the most common causes of foodborne illness in the United States, responsible for an estimated 1 million cases of sickness every year. In people with weakened immune systems, young...
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July 5 2016
Opening a door to the enemy. Dairy farmers are not the only ones under the intense scrutiny of consumers and animal rights groups. The poultry industry has also found itself being critiqued by those outside...
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June 27 2016
The good kind of cover-up. While a criminal trying to "cover up" a crime is a bad thing, crops used to "cover up" fields between cropping seasons are just the opposite. And even though cover crops are...
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June 20 2016
Robotic or automatic calf feeders certainly have their perks, but when it comes to calves, there\'s no easy button to push
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June 17 2016
For farms struggling to find enough employees or looking for more flexibility in their daily routine, robotic milking systems have become an intriguing option
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June 13 2016
It is very common to see celebrities on commercials or in advertisements, promoting the latest sports car, the next hottest shoe, or the newest food or drink items on the market. At times, the dairy industry...
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June 6 2016
Manure restores soil with nutrients needed by crops. One method of application is manure irrigation, in which manure is applied to fields using equipment that can move liquids. Although this practice is...
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May 30 2016
This item was updated on May 30, 2016, to reflect Celsius as the temperature for pasteurization. Colostrum delivers life-saving immunity and nutrients to newborn calves, but if not careful, it can also...
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May 26 2016
A small study showed that selective dry cow therapy can maintain udder health while reducing antibiotic use in some cows. One topic of conversation at the Minnesota Herd Health Conference held in Bloomington,...
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May 23 2016
Trust the experts - GMOs are safe to eat. Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, often get a bad rap. Some consumers are afraid that genetically engineered (GE) foods are unsafe, but once again, science...
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May 16 2016
We often think of animal care with a scientific mind, but perhaps our approach should have more of an artistic flair. Calfhood diarrhea, or scours, is a major health challenge. When it comes to tackling...
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May 11 2016
Housing that satisfies a cow's most basic needs- fresh air, feed, water, and resting space- is worth the investment. "Dairy housing design must focus on cow needs." That was the message of John Tyson's...
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May 9 2016
Today's college students, representing Generation Z, are paying more attention to their beverage choices. A study done by the Beverage Marketing Corp. (B.M.C.) and Fluent, a college marketing and insight...
May 4 2016
It doesn't come naturally to most people, but delegation is essential to effective team leadership. Most of us, at some point in our lives, will find ourselves in a leadership position. While many dairy...
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May 2 2016
Milk has long been considered an important part of the young child's diet, but if the World Health Organization (WHO) gets its way, that could soon change. Earlier this year, WHO issued a document titled...
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April 27 2016
For years, California dairy and livestock farmers have grazed their cattle in Point Reyes National Seashore Park, but that partnership may soon come to an end. By Abby Bauer, Hoard's Dairyman Associate...
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April 25 2016
Clean - without the chemicals. The milk-making process involves many steps. One crucial step is washing and sanitizing the equipment used to transport milk. Many farms use a Clean-in-Place system to wash...
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April 22 2016
When it comes to controlling lameness, the most effective footbath immerses each hoof more than once. Is lameness an issue in your herd? If so, you are not alone. According to Nigel Cook, D.V.M., from...
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April 18 2016
For calves, the weaning period is almost always filled with change: a new home, new ration, new penmates, new health challenges. This transition can be overwhelming. If animals become too stressed during...
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April 13 2016
The Peterson Farm Bros. put their agriculture advocacy efforts to music in a string of parody videos. With one YouTube video, the Peterson Farm Bros. became an overnight sensation. Before bursting into...