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.
Dec. 1 2015
A warming box can save young calves born during the frigid cold. There's definitely a chill in the air, and for those of us in Northern climates, that chill is not going away any time soon. Falling temperatures...
Nov. 30 2015
Move over, bacon. Cheese wants to share the spotlight. The widespread popularity and almost cult-like following of bacon makes it an easy choice for sprucing up common menu items at any restaurant, from...
Nov. 24 2015
Action can be taken to reduce feed losses during the TMR mixing process. Now you see it . . . and now you don't. Just like that, feed that was once available for your herd can be lost due to mold, pests,...
Nov. 23 2015
When it comes to dry period length, are we aiming for the right target? "Most people will say ‘I dry my cows up 50 days before calving.' But how do you know when she will calve?" Jose Santos from...
Nov. 18 2015
Introducing heifers to the milking barn or parlor before calving may be the ticket to reducing stress. When a dairy heifer has its first calf, its world changes dramatically. A first-lactation heifer is...
Nov. 17 2015
When we throw away food, we are tossing more than just nutrients into the trash. No doubt, water is a valuable resource. We use it every single day in a multitude of ways. When water supplies get tight,...
Nov. 16 2015
Brightly colored leaves hanging from the trees are one of Mother Nature's finest beauties and a sure sign that autumn is here. The fallen leaves can be a challenge for communities to clean up, but one...
Nov. 9 2015
Dairymen invest in heifers today in hopes that they become productive members of the herd in the future. Rearing costs vary from farm to farm, and the only way to truly measure that investment is to crunch...
Nov. 4 2015
One Wisconsin county is looking to take advantage of new manure treatment technology to turn manure into usable water. Manure may be animal waste, but a complete waste it is not. The nutrients in manure...
Nov. 2 2015
For the fourth year in a row, the nation's agricultural cooperatives posted records for both income and revenue. Net income rose 16.5 percent, to $6.5 billion, in 2014
Oct. 27 2015
Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training is one way for cattleman to show consumers how much they care about animals and the food they produce. Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to become Beef Quality...
Oct. 26 2015
Many farmers let out a frustrated sigh when restaurant chain Subway announced last week that it, too, would be making the switch to meat from animals raised without antibiotics
Oct. 20 2015
Genomic testing can benefit a dairy if the results are utilized; one Idaho dairyman shared his thoughts on the use of this technology on farm. When the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) held its...
Oct. 19 2015
Red meat is packed with protein, but it doesn't have the same punch of omega-3 fatty acids that fish provides. Those omega-3 fatty acids are believed to lower the risk of coronary heart disease and improve...
Oct. 12 2015
A newborn calf comes into the world with a bright future ahead . . . and an incomplete immune system
Oct. 6 2015
The success of a robotic milking system depends on four good feet to get each cow to the robot with ease. "Healthy feet are absolutely critical for success in robot barns," said Jack Rodenburg from DairyLogix...
Oct. 5 2015
And that's a wrap! The 2015 World Dairy Expo concluded on Saturday after a five-day run
Oct. 3 2015
A Pennsylvania cow wins big at the World Dairy Expo International Guernsey Show
Oct. 1 2015
The winning 4-year-old captured top honors at World Dairy Expo's International Jersey Show. Quality ran deep in the Jersey show, and Judge Michael Heath and his associate, Wayne Stiles, both of Westminister,...
Sept. 30 2015
A pair of cows from the Badger State was named Grand and Reserve Grand Champion at the International Junior Holstein Show. Holstein cows owned and exhibited by junior members paraded across the royal blue...