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.
May 8 2020
Rest is an essential component of not only cow productivity but also of animal welfare
May 4 2020
Researchers and farmers alike are uncovering benefits of pair or group housing for calves, from cognitive learning, behavioral flexibility, adaptability, and resilience to stress
April 30 2020
While most people are engaging in practices to help slow the spread of COVID-19, some individuals will still fall victim to this highly contagious virus
April 27 2020
In many parts of the country, to say last fall’s harvest season was challenging is a major understatement. Attempts to finish cropping and apply manure through wet soil conditions left many fields...
April 23 2020
In just one month, a trip to the grocery store has changed dramatically due to COVID-19. Many people are shopping less frequently, buying in bulk, and ordering online for pickup or delivery when possible
April 16 2020
Many every day activities have suddenly become a potential risk factor when it comes to the spread of COVID-19. For example, two months ago, no one probably thought twice about opening the mailbox, pulling...
April 1 2020
In January, University of Minnesota Dairy Economist Marin Bozic’s message was that 2020 was going to be a good year for dairy farmers and milk prices
March 30 2020
“When things go crazy, what do you do? Does your team come together or fall apart?” Michael Hoffman asked those questions during his presentation at the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin’s...
March 23 2020
Jeff Endres of Endres Berryridge Farms started composting manure six years ago. Their composting system has gone from basic beginnings to the more advanced system it is today
March 16 2020
Many farms have invested in facilities designed specifically for heifers, providing a space for these herd replacements to be cared for and grow
March 13 2020
Concerns surrounding coronavirus are impacting people across the United States and around the world. As I write this blog, events are being canceled and travel is highly discouraged — all in an attempt...
March 9 2020
During the Wisconsin Agricultural Outlook Forum, University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Director of Dairy Policy Analysis Mark Stephenson addressed what he considered to be the “elephant in the...
March 2 2020
As dairy producers, we tend to focus on milk prices, but it pays to be aware of what’s going on in the beef markets, too
Feb. 24 2020
Some dairy farms decide to take on-farm processing to the next level by opening a retail store. This serves as an opportunity to provide products directly to consumers
Branding Blog
Feb. 14 2020
Most farmers are passionate about their animals and the food they produce. Some farms turn that passion into a business, selling products directly to consumers. To stand out among the crowd, it
Feb. 13 2020
An on-farm retail store provides a unique opportunity, not only to sell products directly to customers, but to also bring them to the farm on a regular basis
Feb. 10 2020
Running a dairy farm is more than enough work for a dairy farm family to handle. When you add on farm processing and direct sales to the mix, challenges certainly come with the rewards
Feb. 3 2020
Dairy economist Mark Stephenson predicts that 2020 will be a better year for milk prices — with a few asterisks
Jan. 27 2020
Farmers were a focal point of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers’ State of the State address, which he delivered last Wednesday night
Dec. 16 2019
The age at first calving has been trending downward, with many farms aiming to bring heifers into the milking herd at 22 months or even younger