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.
Cox Abbie
Sept. 14 2020
Some students have known since kindergarten what they want to be when they grow up
Sept. 14 2020
“Conflict is often healthy. It can generate creativity and new ideas, lead to improved decision making, and help people learn and grow,” said Rob Skacel, a business psychologist with True Edge...
Abby blog
Sept. 4 2020
I have two young children, and keeping them occupied and safe can feel like a full-time job in some situations. This gives me a whole new appreciation and admiration for all the farm moms out there who
Aug. 27 2020
Oftentimes, dairy farmers just take it day by day to get the work done. Still, it is crucial that someone in the business has an eye on the future and a plan of what is to come
Aug. 17 2020
The number of daily visits a cow makes to an automated milking system has a notable impact on overall milk production
Aug. 6 2020
An old friend of the dairy industry has returned. The “Got Milk?” campaign, which ran from 1993 until its retirement in 2014, is making a comeback
Bauer-feed cows when they want
Aug. 3 2020
Some farms adjust their feeding schedule in the summer and deliver feed at night, thinking that cows will eat more when it is cooler outside
July 30 2020
Herd size often dictates how many pens of milking cows are on a farm, but if having multiple pens is an option, consider grouping cows by age
July 27 2020
Sometimes, it seems as if there isn’t enough time in a day to get everything done that a person wants to
July 20 2020
Even people who classify as “social butterflies” may crave time alone now and then, and the same could be true for dairy calves
July 16 2020
Through research and practical experience, we continue to learn more about the benefits of social housing for young dairy calves
July 13 2020
Completing every cow’s lactation with antibiotic dry treatment has been a standard practice on dairy farms for decades
July 9 2020
It’s not uncommon to hear dairy consultants talk about “rightsizing” a farm’s heifer herd to avoid raising too many replacements
July 6 2020
Whether building brand new or repurposing an old building, there are certain details that should not be overlooked when it comes to heifer housing
July 2 2020
Mother Nature has opened the floodgates and let the rain pour on certain parts of the country
June 30 2020
For farmers, working with family can be an awesome blessing or one of life’s greatest challenges
June 29 2020
As agriculturalists, we are well aware of the impacts COVID-19 has had on farm gate prices. As consumers, we have witnessed empty store shelves where products used to be and limits placed on certain items
June 25 2020
Many stores and restaurants have transformed the way they do business in light of COVID-19 to protect their customers and their employees
June 22 2020
When the new 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are released later this year, it appears dairy will keep its prominent seat at the table in USDA’s diet recommendations
June 18 2020
“We should be enjoying the best health in human history,” said Bruce German in his opening remarks during the June Hoard’s Dairyman webinar. “Unfortunately, a majority of the people...