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MADISON, Wis. — Many Americans turned their attention toward March Madness last month. The U.S. dairy industry found itself in the throes of its own version of madness as cows on dairy …

A family of milk haulers

PENNOCK, Minn. — Darren Swart would take his son, Tanner Rohner, and his daughter, Taylor Rohner Swart, on milk routes when they were growing up. Little did he realize those experiences …

Farm transition gone right

HOLY CROSS, Iowa — Before the ink dried on the land contract Robert Nosbisch signed with his mentors, Dan and Laurie Clemen, he was back in the barn milking cows as he had been doing for the …

MADISON, Wis. — Enrollment in the Dairy Margin Coverage program typically takes place in the fall. Without the passing of a farm bill last year, DMC received an extension and enrollment …

To Performers

How many times a day do you milk, and what is your current herd average, butterfat and protein? Our cows are milked twice a day. The current herd average is 30,242 pounds of milk with a 4.4% butterfat and 3.4% protein.

ALBERT LEA, Minn. — For as long as he can remember, Jon Larson has been interested in breeding good cows. “I remember being a young kid and flipping through a bull book,” …

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Each year since 1981, Minnesota Milk Producers Association has brought dairy farmers to the Capitol to meet with representatives and senators. This year’s Dairy Day …

Award-winning dedication

MELROSE, Minn. — Every day, four generations of Kerfelds set foot in the barn at Kerfeld Hill-View Farms. The Kerfelds were recognized by the Minnesota Milk Producers Association as the …

The cost for custom

MARSHFIELD, Wis. — Saving time and labor as well as money spent on equipment are key reasons farmers choose to hire a custom operator for fieldwork. The speed at which crops can be harvested is …

Top Performers

How many times a day do you milk, and what is your current herd average, butterfat, and protein? We milk the main herd twice a day, and we milk the fresh group four times a day. Our rolling herd …

Robots allow cows to be cows

COLBY, Wis. — A project that began several years ago and has encompassed hundreds of hours of careful planning and consideration became a reality at Heeg Brothers Dairy when the family entered …

STURGEON BAY, Wis. — In early March, a visitor to Cherryland Dairy Farm is greeted by the buzz of a saw cutting wood and maple syrup cooking to perfection.   In addition to dairy …

Dairy kids win

BLANCHARDVILLE, Wis. — Dairy farm wrestler Aidan Gruenenfelder racked up 53 wins and one loss in the regular season and had an undefeated postseason to secure champion in the Division 3 …

Excelling as a 3-sport athlete

ELDORADO, Wis. — With a schedule fuller than most kids his age, Keeton Grade begins his day long before school starts by working on his family’s dairy farm. He loads and spreads …

Dairy Profile

How did you get into farming? Joe: I grew up on a dairy farm in Waukesha County but didn’t feel there was a future there because of urban sprawl, so I bought this farm in 1977. Tim: I used to …

Dairy kids win on the mat

WATERVILLE, Minn. — When the referee lifted Keegan Kuball’s arm in victory, it marked his second consecutive state champion title for heavyweight wrestling. “I felt a lot of …

Women in Dairy

Tell us about your family and farm. Our family farm is a 30-cow operation with 20 beef cattle and 10 ewes and their lambs. We farm 300 acres of pasture, hay and grain to feed all the livestock. …

Something in the water

WEST SALEM, Wis. — The Jandts thought their problems were over when they fixed their stray voltage issues in 2017. Unfortunately, there was another problem lurking in their water supply.   …

LA CROSSE, Wis. — The effort to reduce methane emissions continues, and feed additives can be a practical approach. Recent research studied the effects of a seaweed product on the reduction of …

One-On-One with James Koltes

What is your background in the dairy industry? I grew up working on my uncle’s dairy farm helping with chores. I did anything from milking in a rotary parlor to cleaning calf pens and pulling …

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