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.
Aug. 11 2015
To beat the heat, the nation's cows are concentrated in more temperate regions of the United States. know that cows tend to seek out the coolest places on the farm: beneath shade, under sprinklers and...
Aug. 10 2015
Unless they are born polled, all dairy cattle will grow horns. The horn bud attaches to the bone sometime between the first and second month of a calf's life. For that reason, the earlier disbudding or...
Aug. 4 2015
With the global population expected to grow by 3 billion in the next century, AgriCorps volunteers are doing their part to help train the farmers of today and the future. By Abby Bauer, Hoard's Dairyman...
Aug. 3 2015
The career of a milkman has gone a little more high-tech at one Arizona milk cooperative, and others across the country may soon be following suit. The United Dairyman of Arizona (UDA) first added automation...
July 28 2015
There are some benefits to be gained when manure is injected directly into the soil rather than applied on top. By Abby Bauer, Hoard's Dairyman Associate Editor Manure smells like money to farmers because...
July 27 2015
Some bacteria are bad, but "good bacteria," the kind found in foods like yogurt, have rightfully earned some time in the spotlight. Beyond the benefits good bacteria, or probiotics, can play in our digestive...
July 21 2015
Protect yourself and others by making sure your implements of husbandry are road ready before you hit the streets. By Abby Bauer, Hoard's Dairyman Associate Editor The roadways can be a dangerous place,...
July 20 2015
Gypsum, a product recycled from manufacturing and construction waste, has hit the agricultural scene. When added to the soil, gypsum adds sulfur and calcium while reducing phosphorus runoff. In some situations,...
July 14 2015
When it comes to colostrum, quality and timing could be more important than the source
July 13 2015
When deciding what to plant this year, more farmers than normal chose to side with soybeans. While planted corn acres are at their lowest level since 2010, at 88.9 million acres, soybean acres have reached...
July 7 2015
Kiefland Holsteins in southeastern Minnesota installed its first robotic milkers in 2011, and the family has learned a great deal in the past four years
July 6 2015
When automated calf feeders came onto the scene, some farms jumped in head first. While many are using this new technology with great success, there has certainly been some trial and error in the industry...
June 30 2015
Feed is best utilized when consumed by your cows, and a reduction in losses from shrink can reap great financial benefits
June 29 2015
Craig Finke has one of the most automated dairy facilities in the country. While setups like his are common in Europe, very few producers in the United States have dove as deep into technology as he has
June 23 2015
Beef remains the most common, and most valuable, protein used by foodservice operators
June 22 2015
Brand new food products face stiff competition and must earn a spot on store shelves and in consumers' grocery carts. In 2014, the dairy industry met that challenge and had some of the best-performing...
June 16 2015
Through breeding and genetic modifications, new varieties of reduced lignin alfalfa have the potential to improve digestibility in dairy cattle diets
June 15 2015
Success of a herd health pregnancy check is measured by the number of cows safe in calf, but in actuality, the nonpregnant ones are just as important. "In reality, you are looking for open cows,'' said...
June 9 2015
New research reveals the real reason Swiss cheese is full of holes, and why those holes are getting smaller
June 8 2015
Organic dairy products posted another year of growing sales in the United States in 2014. According to the Organic Trade Association's (OTA) latest survey, organic dairy sales topped $5.46 billion last...