Dec. 8 2022
The one question I get asked the most as a robotic dairy farmer is this: How many cows can you run per robot? This is such a loaded question to me. I can dissect this one question into many diffe
Dec. 1 2022
One of our cows tried to jump over a gate, but she was less athletic than she thought
Nov. 7 2022
From people to cows, no one likes to be overcrowded, so the goal is to put up facilities that will meet today and tomorrow’s needs
Oct. 31 2022
It can be so easy to get wrapped up caring for the “problem cows,” but our average animals also deserve attention and some true appreciation
Sept. 16 2022
Milking in both our parlor and with the robots provided some benefits, but certain costs recently led us back to milking exclusively with one system
Sept. 7 2022
There’s no right opinion or way to look at dairy farming, dairy foods, or life
Aug. 4 2022
Standing tightly together or “bunching” is not a new behavior in cows, but it is one that is frustrating for many dairy farmers
Aug. 4 2022
Corn silage harvest means all hands are on deck to make the best feed we can for our cows
July 6 2022
Cows are remarkable creatures, but it is up to us to unlock their potential by providing basic elements including water and enough access to it
May 5 2022
Fresh cow pens continue to grow in popularity, especially for larger dairies, farms that are building new facilities, or those looking to improve cow health and performance
April 28 2022
Consumer expectations and farmer responses to whether cows should have pasture access may vary, and in between there is a lot to think about
April 14 2022
When we make adjustments on the farm, some are more successful than others, but we are continually learning and improving the herd
March 28 2022
U.S. milk production came in right at forecast for February, down 1% from last year. We’re often asked to interpret these reports as bullish or bearish, and this one is a tough call
Oct. 11 2021
Financial evaluations, crop yields, weather predictions . . . dairy farmers consume and evaluate countless forms of data like this every day
Sept. 30 2021
When designing a barn for voluntary milking systems or robots, one big decision is how many cows can be milked per machine
Sept. 27 2021
The triple combination of subdued milk prices, higher feed costs, and higher beef prices caused dairy farmers to send more cows to the stockyards when compared to the same time last year
Sept. 3 2020
On a 17-day journey from Napier, New Zealand, to the Port of Jingtang in Tangshan, China, a cargo ship carrying 5,867 head of cattle and 43 crew members capsized last week
Aug. 26 2019
This July, U.S. dairy farmers collectively sent 256,800 dairy cows to packing plants