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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Sept. 30 2019
Country music superstar Luke Bryan hit the road last week to begin his 2019 Farm Tour, and the show’s first stop was Statz Brothers Inc., a Wisconsin dairy farm
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Sept. 27 2019
An internship is where classroom learning and real-world experience meet. It’s a chance to “try on” a job and find out if a particular career path is for you
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Sept. 25 2019
There are some calves that seem destined for greatness from the start. They have the look, the pedigree, or the numbers
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Sept. 23 2019
A goal of almost any dairy farm is to reduce the herd’s somatic cell count. A low somatic cell count creates a higher quality product to sell
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Sept. 16 2019
Overcrowding a barn can have negative impacts on milk production and animal health; Penn State Extension’s John Tyson pointed to several factors that could restrict the number of animals a barn can...
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Sept. 13 2019
The tide has changed, and cheese is riding high on the waves. Once considered unhealthy for containing too much saturated fat, cheese has found redemption in new studies
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Sept. 9 2019
As dairy farmers in Australia continue to battle with hot weather and drought conditions, milk production has taken a hit
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Sept. 9 2019
The navel cord provides a lifeline between the dam and its calf during gestation
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Sept. 2 2019
When humans are hot or uncomfortable, they tend to want a little more personal space. For some reason, cows have the opposite reaction, which leads to a problem called bunching
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Aug. 30 2019
Ventilation is a key component of barn design. Natural ventilation and tunnel ventilation are two common options for dairy barns
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Aug. 26 2019
As corn silage makes its way from the field to the farm, proper storage becomes essential
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Aug. 19 2019
Converting from conventional tillage to a reduced or no-till cropping system may come with a learning curve, but in terms of corn planting, it doesn’t require new machinery
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Aug. 12 2019
Rather than planting the same crop in the same field year after year, rotating between two or more crops is the healthier route to go
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Aug. 5 2019
A well-designed barn for dry and transition cows can get expensive very quickly
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July 1 2019
Reproductive herd health visits by veterinarians have changed tremendously with the use of ultrasound technology
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July 1 2019
Quality calf care is a must, but in reality, a calf’s needs are fairly simple
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May 20 2019
Consistently, research shows that the longer calves can be backgrounded (housed and fed individually) before they are put into a group pen setting, the better
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May 13 2019
There is no one way to farm, and likewise, no two farmers are the same
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May 6 2019
Guernseys were the foundational breed of the Hoard’s Dairyman herd when the farm was started by W.D. Hoard in 1899. More than a century later, in 2009, Jerseys were added to the herd, and they have...
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May 6 2019
Guernseys were the foundational breed of the Hoard’s Dairyman herd when the farm was started by W.D. Hoard in 1899. More than a century later, in 2009, Jerseys were added to the herd,...