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...
Sept. 20 2018
There has been a lot of talk lately about the efficiencies of large-scale dairies and concern that the smaller farms can’t survive
Sept. 7 2018
Have you heard of the four-legged milk stool? A popular analogy among author Gary Sipiorki’s talks and Money Matters column articles, he makes the argument that financial awareness is as critical...
Sept. 6 2018
Some dairies have a staff of four people, while others have a staff of 100 people. I can say, though, that most dairy staffs are like family
Aug. 30 2018
A dear friend of mine once told me that anyone who could afford to take a couple weeks away from their work really must not be needed at their job
Aug. 27 2018
If you want to initiate a good debate at the coffee shop, talk about farm size and what is better — the small or large herd
Aug. 22 2018
“Hello ma’am, is the owner or the gentleman in charge of the purchasing decisions around?”
Aug. 20 2018
Anyone who has watched dairy cows use large mechanical roller brushes knows it’s pretty obvious they love them