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home : news : print edition (click here) May 27, 2017

Practice, patience pays off for FFA students
More than 3,600 students from across Minnesota attended the 88th Minnesota FFA Convention April 23-25 at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Teamwork a key to high production at Clay View Dairy
Monday, May 15, 2017
Swatting down on flies
EAGLE BEND, Minn. - Warmer days and wetter grounds are sure signs of spring, but they are also tell-tale indicators of a season much less desired by dairy producers.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Facebook cofounder sees Wisconsin dairy firsthand
BLANCHARDVILLE, Wis. - This has to be a joke. Right? A multibillionaire businessman wants to visit our farm?
Monday, May 15, 2017
Dairying from a retailer's perspective
ALBANY, Minn. - "Are the cows comfortable standing on cement all day? "What happens to the colostrum after a cow gives birth?"
Monday, May 15, 2017
Stegers stepping up to host their fifth dairy breakfast
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. - June 3 will bring a flood of memories to the people of Steger Farms near Prairie du Chien, Wis. That's when the Stegers will host the Crawford County June Dairy Breakfast for the fifth time.
Monday, May 15, 2017
The trickle down effect
WAUPUN, Wis. - When farmers received notice that Grassland Dairy would no longer be accepting their milk as of May 1, they were not the only ones feeling the shock.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Toddlers and tiestalls
MARSHFIELD, Wis. - Fourth-generation dairy farmer Melissa Hanke takes pride in two things: being a mother and caring for cows. Both have their challenges, but combined have made for a lifestyle she is thankful for.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Stepping into the future
NORWALK, Wis. - For 30 years, brothers Brian and Steve Schmitz have been milking cows on their farm, Peaceful Valley Dairy, near Norwalk, Wis.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Dairy Profile:Marv Prestrud
Monday, May 15, 2017
Uhlenhopps thankful for four decades dairying
SUMNER, Iowa - A new sign in the front yard of Philip and Carol Uhlenhopps' farm reads, "It is time to be thankful for what you have," a philosophy they have followed for years.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Ode to a mother
Being a farm mom is quite the affair
Washing grubby clothes, combing burdocks out of hair

Monday, May 15, 2017
One-woman show
Many years ago, I watched a movie called "Drumline." The actor, Nick Cannon, played a talented drummer who could memorize the beat and music by listening to it. As the story goes on, it tells of this gifted musician who played incredibly well, but couldn't read the sheet music and had a hard time adjusting to playing in a band with other talented players.
Monday, May 15, 2017
A golden opportunity
CUMBERLAND, Wis. - Amber Butzler dreams of showing cattle at the county fair and beyond.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Dairy Profile:Tom and Sue Holst
Monday, May 15, 2017
Profitability, production one in the same
BROOTEN, Minn. - Over the years, Ernest Martin has dairy farmed with one goal in mind - to provide a lifestyle that would support his family; with on-farm adjustments, Ernest has done just that by increasing milk production and the dairy's net gain.
Monday, May 15, 2017
A $2 drop in milk price
HASTINGS, Minn. - Dennis Reuter knows the recent milk price hasn't been favorable for dairy farmers, with it's slow decline; however, now Reuter and his family will have to endure an even lower milk price in the months ahead.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Family Dairies USA implements base program
MADISON, Wis. - Family Dairies USA, a division of Farm First Dairy Cooperative has recently implemented a base program.
Monday, May 15, 2017
A showcase of red and whites
WANAMINGO, Minn. - At the Friese family's farm, Holsteins are the breed of choice. Even their Dalmatian dog sports black and white spots; however, a few Holsteins with a red and white hue stand out amongst their black and white counterparts.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Promotion ingrained into Merrill's routine
PARKER, S.D. - For Allen Merrill, dairy promotion has been ingrained into his life.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Three co-ops become one
RIDGELAND, Wis. - After ongoing discussions over the course of a year, three western Wisconsin cooperatives are moving forward with a merger.
Monday, May 15, 2017
A day in the life of the Gjerde family
SUNBURG, Minn. - To say May 4 was busy would be an understatement for the Gjerde family. Amongst spring fieldwork, manure pumping and the day-to-day chores on the dairy, the family also attended a high school baseball game, softball game and a middle school choir concert.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Demerath pioneers Nebraska's first automated milking system
PLAINVIEW, Neb. - Bill Demerath has always been focused on the comfort and well-being of his cows. Outdated and overcrowded facilities, however, were limiting his ability to provide such for his herd.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Family Ties
Monday, May 15, 2017
Milking goats key for more time together
LITTLE SAUK, Minn. - The learning curve has been steep for Marty and Heather Olson. But knowing the right people and with a drive to succeed, the couple has been operating a 50-goat dairy on their 13-acre property near Little Sauk, Minn., for the past year.

Monday, May 15, 2017


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