The author is the senior 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.
June 2 2021
When the phrase nutrient management is used in agriculture, thoughts often go directly to the farm fields where crops are grown
May 31 2021
When Pennsylvania dairy producer Jason Frye returned to the farm after working 20 years in the technology field, he was looking for the best way to make their 40-cow herd work in today’s economy
May 27 2021
Inflammation is often associated with the symptoms of swelling, pain, redness, and fever. These signs are frequently caused by an infection or tissue damage
May 24 2021
“Sexed semen has changed the dairy landscape,” said Dan Schaefer, an animal science professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, during the May Hoard’s Dairyman webinar
May 17 2021
“Beef production from Holstein steers has been a natural by-product or co-product of milk production,” said University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Dan Schaefer during the May Hoard’s...
May 10 2021
Navel care was one area Tina Kohlman, a dairy and livestock agent with the University of Wisconsin Division of Extension, focused on during a Badger Dairy Insights “Optimizing management for calf...
May 6 2021
Holstein steers have become a solid contributor to the nation’s beef supply
May 3 2021
On Tony Brubaker’s Pennsylvania dairy farm, they began dry matter intake tracking 15 years ago
April 29 2021
More than a year ago, the global health pandemic put many aspects of life on pause. Farmers faced their share of disruptions and challenges, but the daily work had to be done
Field Top
April 22 2021
This has been a disappointing week in my little corner of the world
April 22 2021
As corn and soybean prices continue to climb upward, farmers may have some difficult decisions to make when it comes to rations for the dairy herd
April 19 2021
Livestock feed prices are on the rise, and there’s no clear sign when that trend will reverse. These escalating costs may have dairy farmers reconsidering their current rations
April 15 2021
Temperature swings and rainy days are often par for the course when it comes to spring. Although warmer weather is welcome after a cold winter, it can leave cattle housed in outdoor yards standing in mud
April 12 2021
The concept of a brisket locator emerged as freestall housing grew in popularity for dairy cows. The traditional “brisket board” was, quite literally, a wooden board placed near the front...
April 10 2021
When the Maddox family expanded their dairy herd to 3,200 cows in the late 1970s, there weren’t many farms of that size in California or across the country
April 8 2021
An online conversation over a controversial Burger King commercial turned into so much more and put agriculture in a more positive light
April 8 2021
Prior to moving his cows to their new home, Alan Waybright made a few fairly modest changes to the facilities that paid back quickly. He shared his most beneficial modifications during a Center for Dairy...
April 5 2021
Matt Kaschmitter, a managing partner for Silverstreak Dairy, shared his insight in building connections between livestock producers and crop farmers at the Midwest Forage Association’s virtual annual...
April 1 2021
The most important employees on a dairy farm are the cows. What we do for our bovine employees during the dry period plays a big role in how they perform once they re-enter the milking herd
March 29 2021
“Dairy farmers don’t consider themselves beef producers, but they should,” said Aerica Bjurstrom, a University of Wisconsin Division of Extension agriculture agent, said during a “Badger...