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.
150608_ph2.jpg
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...
blog_6-2-15.jpg
June 2 2015
Bunker silos are a great storage option for feed when filled, covered and managed correctly
150601_ph4.jpg
June 1 2015
The dairy case is getting more and more crowded all the time, as a wide array of milk substitutes fight for shelf space among real dairy products. Cow's milk has been able to play fair against this new...
blog_5-26-15.jpg
May 26 2015
Fast-food leader McDonald's and farmers around the world face some of the same challenges when it comes to consumer perception
150526_ph3.jpg
May 26 2015
Bovine leukemia virus (BLV) is no new kid on the block, but its presence on dairy farms seems to be growing. Ron Erskine, D.V.M., from Michigan State University, kicked off the Minnesota Dairy Health Conference...
blog_5-19-15.jpg
May 19 2015
When it comes to animal handling, if a cow is not doing what we want her to do, there's a good chance we did not ask her in the right way
150518_ph2.jpg
May 18 2015
The U.S. dairy industry continues to grow and change in many ways, but the actual number of dairy farms has been declining at a fairly steady clip. In fact, the only state to gain herds in 2014 was Pennsylvania....
blog_5-12-15.jpg
May 12 2015
Before you send in mastitis and milk quality samples, focus first on what you plan to do with the results
150511_ph5.jpg
May 11 2015
"When I first started out, I thought I could change the world if I had the right equipment. Later, I realized that a big part of everything is the people." Those words could ring true for almost any industry,...
blog_5-5-15.jpg
May 5 2015
Livestock deserve quality care and perform better when they receive it; it's in our best interest to make every day the best it can be for our animals
150504_ph3.jpg
May 4 2015
As part of a grander plan to reduce greenhouse emissions by 2025, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack laid out his strategy to partner with agricultural producers and tackle the threat of climate change....
blog_4-28-15.jpg
April 28 2015
The rising cost of food topped the list of consumer fears in 2014, and the internet remains their go-to source of food information
150427_ph5.jpg
April 27 2015
New York Senator Charles Schumer announced last week that Greek yogurt will be offered as a meat alternative in school lunches across the nation this fall. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack shared the...
blog_4-21-15.jpg
April 21 2015
Cheese and other fermented dairy products may play an active role in a heart-healthy diet
150420_ph3.jpg
April 20 2015
Dairies across the country are watching their margins shrink. There are a few producers across the country, though, who will receive a consolation prize for the recent drop in milk prices in the form of...
blog_4-14-15-2.jpg
April 14 2015
One California dairy had the opportunity of a lifetime to connect with customers through the television show, "Undercover Boss."
150413_ph2.jpg
April 13 2015
Finding good employees is hard. Keeping them is even harder.One of the main messages Tom Wall, president of Dairy Interactive, LLC and Language Links, LLC, shared at the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association's...
blog_4-7-15.jpg
April 7 2015
You can keep calves drier while using less bedding with well-designed calf pens that drain properly
150406_ph2.jpg
April 6 2015
With snowpack levels at just 5 percent of the historical average for April 1 - the lowest amount for that date since record keeping began in 1950 - the severity of drought has reached a new high
editor-Abby.gif
March 31 2015
On-farm milk culturing can lead to better mastitis treatment decisions that benefit you, the cow and our industry