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.
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
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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
Nov. 11 2019
People often compare group housed calves to small children in daycare — when one gets sick, they all get sick
Nov. 8 2019
Many of you come from small dairy farms like I did. For some, family members make up the entire labor force that must complete the daily work associated with dairy farming
Oct. 28 2019
When Vice President Mike Pence visited Wisconsin last week, his message about the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was very clear
Oct. 25 2019
Working with family on the farm can be rewarding and enjoyable . . . until you need to move a cow from Point A to Point B together. Do any of you ever feel this way?
Oct. 21 2019
We hear it over and over again, that fluid milk consumption is declining. This is true, but we should remember that milk remains a staple in most American households
Oct. 14 2019
What separates the most successful dairy farmers from their peers? As one might guess, there are several factors
Oct. 7 2019
For years, it has been a very common practice for farms to treat all cows with antibiotics at the first sign of mastitis
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Oct. 4 2019
It is not that often that a World Dairy Expo Supreme Champion returns to the colored shavings to compete the following year, but Cutting Edge T Delilah did — and she was in top form
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Oct. 3 2019
The selection of Grand Champion of the International Jersey Show at the 2019 World Dairy Expo came down to a very close placing for Judge Jack Lomeo Jr. and his associate judge, Brent Walker