The author and her family own and operate a 130-cow dairy and crop 1,500 acres. She also is a former associate editor at Hoard’s Dairyman.

April 12 2019
Cows avoid lying on wet surfaces, disrupting their time budgets, behavior, and welfare
April 8 2019
The transition period qualifies as one of the most stressful periods of a dairy cow’s life, and it’s certainly the goal and responsibility of producers to reduce that stress
April 1 2019
Choosing where dollars are invested is critical, especially considering how tight finances have been the last four years
March 29 2019
Last week, I officially shed the winter coat and put it away. I’m not talking away, away because I’ve now lived in Wisconsin long enough to understand that sometimes April will pretend to be...
March 25 2019
Food fads both favor and concern dairy
March 20 2019
Imagine being told you can’t sell your milk, you can’t market your cows, and the water on your land is contaminated with a slowly degrading man-made chemical
March 18 2019
In 1992, there were 131,509 dairy farms in the United States. At the end of 2018, that number was 37,468
March 11 2019
One must know a problem exists before solving it
March 4 2019
“Don’t let the abnormal become normal. Just because it happened yesterday, today, and tomorrow doesn’t mean it’s right,” opened independent nutritionist David Greene during...
Feb. 25 2019
Making ends meet is a difficult task in today’s dairy market, but a focus on balancing outputs between high production and good components can go a long way in bolstering bottom lines
Feb. 18 2019
A cow’s productive life doesn’t just begin when it starts producing milk
Feb. 11 2019
The transition period is critical to production, especially when discussing cows that excel at both production and components
Feb. 4 2019
In tight economic times, everything comes under the radar, and heifer care and growth has been no exception. We’ve written both about raising healthy heifers more quickly and managing heifer inventories...
Feb. 1 2019
I’m all for a nice sit-down dinner. Shoot, I’m all for most types of dinners. I like casual restaurants, the occasional dive bar, and family meals packed around a too small table and handmade...
Jan. 28 2019
“The goal of a good dry cow program is to promote high dry matter intake immediately after calving and manage dietary and body energy levels,” explained the University of Illinois’ Jim...
Jan. 21 2019
For some young dairy producers that have made the decision to return to the home farm, there is an important step that comes first
Jan. 14 2019
Farm transitions rarely go exactly as planned. Much like anything in life, there are both joys and hard moments to estate and succession planning
Jan. 7 2019
The last few years have been tough particularly for young people who are farming. For that reason, we asked the four participants in the December 2018 Round Table “These young farmers came back to...
Dec. 31 2018
Young people involved in dairy can sometimes face an information overload when it comes to learning
Dec. 24 2018
One of the biggest hurdles for young people interested in entering dairy farming is the incredibly high investment required