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.
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Dec. 29 2020
There are about 100 organisms that can cause infections in the udders of dairy cows. Selecting the best path of management for an individual case of mastitis starts with knowing what type of bacteria
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Dec. 24 2020
Feed is a major expense on any dairy farm, so it is critical to select ingredients for the ration that make nutritional and financial sense
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Dec. 21 2020
When Jacki Moegenburg was a junior at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, she worked with one of her professors to put together a business plan for an agritourism venture on her family’s dairy...
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Dec. 17 2020
Tours and on-farm events are awesome ways to educate consumers about dairy farming and the nutrition dairy products can provide
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Dec. 15 2020
Vaccinations are top of mind for most people right now, as the first COVID-19 vaccines for Americans were distributed this week
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Dec. 14 2020
The two or so months prior to weaning really lay the foundation for a healthy, productive dairy animal. It is important to review the success of your preweaned calf program every now and then
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Dec. 7 2020
This week, when the calendar turns to December, it’s a clear sign that winter weather is quickly approaching
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Nov. 25 2020
When lameness cases develop in a dairy herd, it can be difficult to get to the root of the problem
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Nov. 16 2020
While dry hay once dominated alfalfa production, certain parts of the country have come to rely more on alfalfa haylage over time
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Nov. 13 2020
For years, people working with dairy cows have called the drop in calcium around calving milk fever. Ironically, milk fever, also known as hypocalcemia, does not cause a fever at all
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Nov. 12 2020
As the harvest season comes to an end, farms may find themselves with excess forage, the right amount of forage, or not enough forage to feed their herd in the year ahead
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Nov. 9 2020
Before and after calving, a dairy cow’s body experiences significant change. This includes the uterus, which can go from carrying a calf, placenta, and fluids down to the size of an adult’s...
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Oct. 29 2020
“2020 has certainly been a roller coaster year,” said dairy analyst Matt Gould, stating the obvious during the Pennsylvania Center for Dairy Excellence’s “Navigating the Numbers”...
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Oct. 26 2020
Dairy farmers have watched prices for their products climb to surprising highs and fall to devastating lows since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March
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Oct. 26 2020
When it comes to mastitis, milk culturing can answer a very important question: “Are we dealing with contagious or environmental organisms?”
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Oct. 19 2020
Anyone who works with calves knows they can become sick and dehydrated very quickly
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Oct. 12 2020
There’s almost always a shortage of time and a lack of space on dairy farms. When deciding which animals get the most attention and best resources, the answer is typically the milking herd, and understandably...
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Oct. 5 2020
Matt Bomgardner of Blue Mountain View Farm in Annville, Pa., returned home to the family farm full time in 2005
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Sept. 24 2020
At calving, cows find themselves in a negative calcium balance. That’s because they are literally drawing from their own calcium stores to put the mineral into milk
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Sept. 21 2020
When Paul Fouts built a second freestall barn on his Cortland, N.Y., dairy, he chose to build another three-row barn