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  • Monday, September 12, 2022 6:00 PM
    I arrived for my 1 p.m. shift at the Minnesota State Fair Miracle of Birth Center at 12:30 p.m. this year on a beautiful, sunny, late summer day.
  • Monday, August 15, 2022 2:11 PM
    Are your cows cool? Are your cooling systems working properly? Designs for dairy cow cooling systems are much improved than in the past, but many cows still become hot.
  • Monday, July 11, 2022 9:56 AM
    Pentobarbital is a barbiturate drug that causes sedation, induces anesthesia or causes death depending on dosage administered. In veterinary medicine, the most common uses are to induce anesthesia in pets and to euthanize large and small animals.
  • Tuesday, June 14, 2022 10:13 AM
        In a recent review in the Journal of Dairy Science (Volume 105, No. 5, 2022), Fricke and Wiltbank discuss the history and purposes of timed artificial insemination programs.
  • Monday, May 16, 2022 1:44 PM
        I am just going to say it right here. Milk per stall is not an appropriate measure of efficiency to use on a dairy farm. There seems to be a trend to use milk per stall this way, and I do not like it. Why not?
  • Monday, April 11, 2022 12:13 PM
        One of my father’s colloquiums was describing something, or occasionally someone, that was not straight as “crooked as a dog’s hind leg.
  • Monday, March 14, 2022 12:52 PM
    SCC, BTSCC, BTC, SPC, PIC, LPC and CC are all tests that reflect the quality of the milk a farmer sells. Let’s look at them in more detail.
  • Saturday, February 12, 2022 8:40 PM
    Working in the parlor is like driving the chopper because one gets to see the results of one’s labor. The parlor, like the chopper, needs to be running properly to maximize the harvest.
  • Sunday, January 16, 2022 8:26 PM
    The bell curve, named for its shape, is a way to represent data that is normally distributed. 
  • Monday, December 13, 2021 4:04 PM
    Numbers can tell a story. For example, numbers that represent key performance indicators can tell at least part of the story of a dairy farm. When numbers from a group of farms are combined, they can tell the story of the group.
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