May 20 2019
“When you’re in an environment of low margin, high volatility, the reactive manager gets wiped out,” explained Virginia Tech’s David Kohl at the recent Tri-State Dairy Nutrition...
April 25 2019
The 10-year challenge that we all really should care about is a far cry from the viral 10-year challenge (#TenYearChallenge) that has taken over social media
April 18 2019
This past weekend, I was stunned to hear that a friend of mine had passed away. He was the same age as me, and we had been friends for more than 30 years
April 5 2019
Having eyes on your parlor all the time doesn’t sound like a bad thing
April 4 2019
Every week, one member of the Hillcrest Farms team will choose a quote to write on the whiteboard in our office for all to see. The quotes can range from Bible verses, inspirational quotes, or even just...
March 7 2019
I have been out of college now for six years. It definitely doesn’t feel that long, but I guess that’s how life goes
Feb. 21 2019
How many times have you heard about a seminar or a class that’s free and helpful, but you can’t seem to find the time to go? It has happened to all of us
Feb. 7 2019
My daughter, Caitlin, and I were discussing our switch to robotic milking and our agri-tourism venture
Feb. 6 2019
Nearly 100 years ago, my great-grandfather traveled by himself on a cattle boat from the Azores Islands of Portugal in search of a better life
Jan. 24 2019
From time to time, we all like to go on a vacation. Dad likes to hike, kayak, and bike, while Uncle Andy enjoys golfing and spending time at the lake
Jan. 21 2019
We build dairy barns for cows, but birds are often unwanted guests that also make themselves at home
Jan. 17 2019
I recently tuned in to the NFL football game of the Chicago Bears versus the Philadelphia Eagles
Jan. 4 2019
While dairy farming is obviously a year-round occupation, things do tend to slow down a bit over the winter. This makes it an ideal time to review records and plan for the new year
Nov. 30 2018
Annie smiled, and even laughed a bit when she said “You’re talking to her” to the hoof trimmer who stopped by her dairy looking for business while I was visiting this past week. He was...
Nov. 2 2018
Last year, not even one of our employees called in sick because of the flu
Nov. 1 2018
We were hard at work this Halloween. Things are looking a lot different around the farm
Oct. 31 2018
I had a unique experience the other day. It is interesting how it all started but even more so how it ended
Oct. 25 2018
Growing up on my family farm out west in Oregon, my mother never had to make field meals. Despite milking cows, we never raised crops
Oct. 23 2018
You can find some pretty neat things by going through the archives of Hoard’s Dairyman
Oct. 18 2018
I am sure most of you know that women are starting to take on more responsibility in the agricultural industry. Back in the 1940s and 1950s, you would see a lot of husbands running the farms while the...