Legal details of hiring, firing

Whether a farm has one employee or many employees, there are things every dairy farmer should understand about the process of hiring and firing employees. “As an employer, knowing the …

Made with care in small batches

HOPKINS, Minn. — Kristy Dirk has seen a little boy jumping up and down while eating her ice cream. “I’m like, ‘OK, he needs to be our spokesperson,’” Dirk …

Managing for winter milk

FENNIMORE, Wis. — Many dairy goat producers are taking advantage of the premiums offered for milk produced over the winter months. Some creameries offer as much as a $6 per hundredweight …

WANAMINGO, Minn. — Dave Davidson may never transport back in time to milk cows, but he can light his house with memories of farming. Davidson has made 25-30 household items, such as lamps, …

WINDHAM, Maine — Rows of young children walking two-by-two down the road or through the fields across country is a common sight at Mineral Spring Farm near Windham.

Flooding then fire

FREEMAN, S.D. — John Schultz will never forget July 17, 2019, and not just because that day was his birthday.

HOLDINGFORD, Minn. — Kevin Young can list the date when each building on his farm was built.

SAUK CENTRE, Minn. — Growing up, there was not a lot of time in Ethan Vogt’s life that did not revolve around either athletics or agriculture.

Women in Dairy: Stacey Tauer

Stacy Tauer Sleepy Eye, Minnesota Brown County 75 cows Tell us about your farm and family. My husband, Ron, and I dairy farm with my parents, Gary and Rosie Hillesheim, and children, Sidney and …

Working alongside Mother Nature

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. — With the exceptionally dry season that the Midwest experienced in the 2023 growing season, producers are looking at data to determine what worked and what they need to improve for 2024.

Dairy Profile: DuWayne Badtke

Dairy Profile: DuWayne Badtke

FENNIMORE, Wis. — When it comes to the commercial dairy goat industry, Sarah Varney sees dry doe management as a bottleneck.

MADISON, Wis. — Food waste is more than a societal problem, according to Brandon Scholz, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Grocers Association. For grocery stores, food waste is also a …

FOND DU LAC, Wis. — The Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association celebrated the achievements of its members at its annual convention Dec. 29-31, 2023, in Fond du Lac.

Top Performers: Chad Felton

How many times a day do you milk, and what is your current herd average, butterfat and protein? We milk twice a day at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Our current herd average is 31,135 pounds, and our butterfat …

Mutually beneficial

FREEPORT, Minn. — When Chris Middendorf added a robotic milking system to his freestall barn a year ago, he intended to use the facility in tandem with his already existing double-8 parallel parlor.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — With milk prices dropping last spring, followed by drought conditions arriving in many areas, 2023 gave Minnesota dairy farmers steep challenges. Added to that were higher …

Carrying tradition forward

PERHAM, Minn. — The work of four generations of the Seedorf family was rewarded when Seedorf Dairy was named the 2023 Otter Tail County Farm Family of the Year.

Making cheese on a large scale

LUXEMBURG, Wis. — Farmers shipping their milk to Agropur’s Luxemburg plant are key contributors to the more than 2 million pounds of mozzarella and provolone made weekly at the 85,000-square-foot facility.

PULASKI, Wis. — With horns blaring, drums pounding, happy voices sounding and an accordion or two, the Pulaski Red Raider Marching Band and the school’s choir took the city of Pasadena, California, by storm with their energetic brand of bombastic music.

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