June 2 2022
As the days get longer and the sun gets hotter, hay and planting season are the only things on our minds
May 4 2022
Farmers have just as much responsibility, if not more, to make sure everyone arrives home safely
April 15 2022
Our calf ear tag numbering and coloring system has gone off the rails due to production and supply chain issues throughout the country
April 13 2022
The advancements in dairying the past few decades have been impressive, and with technology, the changes will keep coming faster
Feb. 28 2022
Regular maintenance can go a long way in preserving a dairy’s hard working skid steer
Jan. 20 2022
They aren’t always perfect, but we know we can depend on our automated milking systems
Nov. 22 2021
Agricultural technologies must be shared with consumers willingly for them to include them in their diet
Oct. 27 2021
It is fun to envision what automation we may be able to integrate onto our dairy in the future
Oct. 7 2021
Harmful sounds can chip away at your hearing ability, but the damage is preventable
Sept. 2 2021
Many different minds have come together to make our barn very unique, especially when it comes to cow comfort
April 15 2021
Many aspects of our dairy and ways of thinking have changed here at Hillcrest Farms since moving to a robotic milking system. The work is less physical and more mental
March 19 2021
As winter turns into spring, we try to catch up on many random projects around the farm
March 1 2021
Farm work often requires road travel, whether it is driving equipment from field to field, trucking animals from one location to another, or hauling milk
Feb. 5 2021
The other night, our robotic milkers called 36 times with one alarm or another. My dad got an early start on morning milking simply because he had been up since 11 p.m. the night prior tending to the robots
Nov. 9 2020
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is a phrase we have all heard and can relate to
Sept. 24 2020
The Wisconsin Farm Related Fatalities report showed 41 farm fatalities in 2017 and 34 in 2018
Sept. 23 2020
‘Tis that time of year again. Everyone’s on edge for obvious reasons; harvest is a pretty big deal. For a lot of the country, it seems like corn in 2020 will be better than it was 2019, and...
Aug. 31 2020
“Never stand behind a horse” were the words my grandfather periodically repeated during my childhood at the farm. Thanks to him, I learned at a young age that I could be kicked and severely...
June 12 2020
My parents bought a farm that came with a house. The house ended up being a bit of a fixer-upper . . . I’m talking very little siding, negligible plumbing, and small animals in the walls
Feb. 20 2020
We have been milking with robots for three months now. The months of construction as well as the retraining of cows were both stressful and labor intensive