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 15 2020
As humans, we often make extra food purposely, so that we have leftovers to eat the next day. That same philosophy doesn’t work for dairy cows, who need fresh feed daily
June 15 2020
Every inch counts when it comes to the feedbunk, and eating space is one of veterinarian Gary Oetzel’s top feeding management concerns for prefresh dairy cows
June 8 2020
More than $545 million in producer payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) have already been approved by the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA)
June 1 2020
Vaccinations serve a vital role in maintaining animal wellbeing on today’s dairies. Many of those vaccinations are given early in life and provide a foundation for overall herd health
May 28 2020
Is the COVID-19 pandemic in our rearview mirror? University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Mark Stephenson said he would not take the question mark off that statement just yet
May 25 2020
It has become very common for farms to store forages such as corn silage and haylage in concrete bunker silos or drive-over piles
May 25 2020
Many would consider colostrum to be the most important management factor in a calf’s life. As our standards of calf care continue to improve, methods to evaluate colostrum quality and success of...
May 21 2020
Farmers and ranchers who are feeling the financial impacts of the current COVID-19 situation have been eagerly waiting for more details about the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)
May 18 2020
Dairy herds have made great strides in reproductive efficiency over the years. One only has to look at numbers from just two decades ago to note these remarkable improvements
May 11 2020
Dairy producer Kevin Solum has farmed his whole life, but he’s learned a tremendous amount more about managing cows in the 18 months since eight automated milking systems were installed
May 11 2020
A very positive trend in dairy cattle research the past few years has been more studies on calves. However, in a Dairy Calf and Heifer Association presentation, University of Guelph’s Michael Steele...
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