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home : columnists : meet the columnists March 28, 2017

Those Holstein bull calves
Three-and-a-half years ago, I wrote a column about using sexed Holstein semen on virgin heifers, and Angus semen on select older cows to increase the bottom line at our dairy.
Monday, February 13, 2017
Cold nights, hot reads
Many people find that winter time brings on more time to read. Cold nights lend themselves to being curled up in a blanket with a book that takes them somewhere else.
Monday, January 30, 2017
Adventures in cultured dairy
Monday, January 30, 2017
The Next Generation - Sadie Frericks
Sadie and her husband, Glen, milk 70 cows near Melrose, Minn. They have three children - Dan, 10, Monika, 7 and Daphne 3. When she's not parenting or farming, she's writing for the Dairy Star. Sadie can be reached at gsfrericks@meltel.net.

Just Thinking Out Loud- Natalie Schmitt
Natalie, Mark and his brother Al Schmitt farm together near Rice, MN. They milk 100 registered Holsteins under the RALMA prefix. Their 4 children are great help around the farm and are pushing Natalie out of several jobs. Therefore she is thankful to have something else to do.

Veterinary Wisdom- Dr. Jim Bennett, DVM
Jim Bennett is a large animal veterinarian from Rochester, Minn.

The "Meilke" Market Weekly- Lee Mielke
Lee Mielke was born and raised in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and is a graduate
of Brown Institute in Minneapolis, Minn.

U of M Nutrition- Jim Linn
Jim is a nutrtionist for the University of Minnesota- St. Paul.

Ag Insider- Don Wick
Don Wick is a partner and broadcaster for the Red River Farm Network, based in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He is the 2004 National Farm Broadcaster of the Year. Don and his wife Kolleen have two adult sons; Tony and Sam, and one very special grandson-Aiden.
Dear County Agent Guy- Jerry Nelson
Jerry is a recovering dairy farmer from Volga, S.D. He and his wife, Julie, have two grown sons and live on the farm where Jerry's great-grandfather homesteaded over 110 years ago. Jerry currently works full time for the Dairy Star as a staff writer/ ad salesman. Feel free to e-mail him at: jjpcnels@itctel.com

FSA News & Notes- Phyllis Framstad, Stearns Co. Exec. Director
Farm Service Agency is an Equal Opportunity Lender, Complaints about discrimination should be sent to: Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250. Visit the Farm Service Agency Web site at: www.fsa.usda.gov/ for necessary application forms and updates on USDA programs.


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