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. 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
bauer-silage
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,...
dehorning
May 6 2019
Disbudding or dehorning are very common practices in the U.S. dairy industry, for the safety of both animals and humans
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April 22 2019
By many accounts, the U.S. economy has been doing well in recent years. Can we stay at this level of economic strength, or is a recession lurking in the shadows?
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April 22 2019
“A calf is a ball at the top of a hill. Depending how you manage that calf, how you feed that calf and what happens to that calf, will affect its future direction,” said Michael Steele from...
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April 12 2019
Jouni Pitkäranta and Virpi Kurkela with 4d Barn Consulting shared features that can improve cow health and welfare in robotic milking facilities during a presentation at the Professional Dairy Producers...
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April 8 2019
As humans, we all experience stress from time to time. I would bet nearly everyone utters the words, “I am so stressed out” now and then
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April 8 2019
When every dollar counts, milkfat and protein levels in milk are extremely valuable in maximizing income over feed costs (IOFC)
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April 1 2019
As more and more alternatives clutter the dairy aisle, reserving the term “milk” for products that come from mammals is even more vital