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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Aug. 31 2015
The uterus plays an instrumental role in pregnancy; it is, of course, where the fetus lives. When it comes to dairy cattle, there are many reasons why some cows can't get pregnant, from hormonal and cyclicity...
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Aug. 25 2015
Genomic testing allows a dairy to be more selective about which heifers to keep as part of the future herd. By Our Hoard's Dairyman Farm began genomic testing Jersey heifer calves last year. Those test...
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Aug. 24 2015
While some smaller dairy farms do use them, anaerobic digesters typically have the reputation of being a manure handling method strictly for larger operations. And of the 202 anaerobic digesters operating...
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Aug. 18 2015
Research in calves may have unlocked the key to treating a certain respiratory disease in children. Whether you are a caregiver for calves or children, your top goals are to keep them safe, growing and...
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Aug. 17 2015
Europe currently maintains a tight leash on farmers in terms of what genetically modified (GM) crops they can use. Just one GM crop is cultivated in Europe right now: maize. Almost 60 GM crops are permitted...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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,...
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July 14 2015
When it comes to colostrum, quality and timing could be more important than the source
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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...
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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
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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...
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June 30 2015
Feed is best utilized when consumed by your cows, and a reduction in losses from shrink can reap great financial benefits
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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
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June 23 2015
Beef remains the most common, and most valuable, protein used by foodservice operators