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PIXLEY, Calif. — A cow at Jer-Z-Boyz Ranch was on her way to becoming a bull mother when genomic testing revealed that she was not exactly the animal her owners thought she was.

Ready to celebrate 400 years

KASSON, Minn. — In 1624, dairy cows came to the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. Now, four centuries later, a celebration is being planned to celebrate their impact. Robert Ickler, the …

Nursing their way to success

CLAREMONT, Minn. — Dwight Burkholder has found a successful, long-term calf feeding solution for his dairy farm using nurse cows.

Sam Asmus 15 years old 10th grade When do you do chores? I usually don’t because I’m so busy with my extracurricular activities. What is your favorite and least favorite chore? …

513 members DeForest, Wisconsin Dane County Tell us about your chapter. With over 1,300 students in grades 8-12, DeForest Area School District employs four agriculture teachers, Gwen Boettcher, …

FFA Member Profile

Tell us about your farm and family. I grew up on my family’s 200-cow registered Holstein dairy farm. This farm was started in 1852 by my great-great-grandpa, Thor, and has been in the family …

Dairy Profile

How did you get into farming? My grandpa bought the farm and started with beef and hogs. Then, my dad took over the farm, and we built the dairy barn in 1984 when I graduated. What are the most …

Youthful team takes the win

LAKE CITY, Minn. — Lake City FFA Chapter’s state-winning dairy judging team consists of three eighth graders and one sophomore. Blake Siewert, son of Kevin and Kay, a sophomore, was …

WAVERLY, Minn. — Three generations of the Duske family worked together to face the challenge of a busy day of spring fieldwork and farm chores May 13 near Waverly. Garret Duske was joined …

MADISON, Wis. — In an annual contest emphasizing critical on-farm thinking, the team from the University of Wisconsin-Madison came out on top this year. The team of four dairy science …

BARRON, Wis. — For most of her life, Summer Hammann has been developing the skills of observation, decision making and defending her rationale — all through her involvement in dairy …

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. — The newest Alice in Dairyland started college with the ambition of becoming a veterinarian, but an encounter with the reigning Alice at the Wisconsin State Fair a couple of …

MARATHON, Wis. — A robotic milking system has been on the radar at Draeger Dairy near Marathon for nearly a decade. After years of contemplation, 12 Lely Astronaut A5 robotic milking units …

Growing US exports

WASHINGTON — Within 25 years, exports of U.S. dairy products have increased nearly sevenfold. Today, almost 20% of U.S. dairy production is exported, which means that one in six tankers of milk …

In the wake of the evolving animal health situation created by highly pathogenic avian influenza in dairy cattle, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human …

Dairy royalty in the making

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On May 13, Midwest Dairy released the names of the 10 finalists in the running to be crowned this year’s Princess Kay of the Milky Way. Candidates were selected …

Special delivery

SEYMOUR, Wis. — Jon Strnad went above and beyond his duties as a driver for the United Parcel Service when he delivered a calf in between delivering packages April 15. When driving past KJ …

Accomplishing a dream

DASSEL, Minn. — On Aug. 22, 2022, Dylan Terning began milking a herd of 60 Holstein cows at the age of 22.   The 24-year-old’s herd is now averaging 70 pounds of milk per day …

RICE LAKE, Wis. — For the second time in their farm’s history, the Broker family will be welcoming their friends and neighbors for the Barron County Dairy Breakfast June 1. The …

Top Performers

How many times a day do you milk, and what is your current herd average, butterfat and protein? We milk three times a day, and our rolling herd average is 30,800 pounds of milk with 3.8% butterfat …

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