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.
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,...
July 14 2015
When it comes to colostrum, quality and timing could be more important than the source
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...
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
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...
June 30 2015
Feed is best utilized when consumed by your cows, and a reduction in losses from shrink can reap great financial benefits
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
June 23 2015
Beef remains the most common, and most valuable, protein used by foodservice operators
June 22 2015
Brand new food products face stiff competition and must earn a spot on store shelves and in consumers' grocery carts. In 2014, the dairy industry met that challenge and had some of the best-performing...
June 16 2015
Through breeding and genetic modifications, new varieties of reduced lignin alfalfa have the potential to improve digestibility in dairy cattle diets
June 15 2015
Success of a herd health pregnancy check is measured by the number of cows safe in calf, but in actuality, the nonpregnant ones are just as important. "In reality, you are looking for open cows,'' said...
June 9 2015
New research reveals the real reason Swiss cheese is full of holes, and why those holes are getting smaller
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...
June 2 2015
Bunker silos are a great storage option for feed when filled, covered and managed correctly
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...
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
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...
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
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....
May 12 2015
Before you send in mastitis and milk quality samples, focus first on what you plan to do with the results