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Farming with a void

ELLSWORTH, Wis. — The Webster family always farmed as a team.   Kim and her husband, Brian, raised three kids, Mitchell, Jennifer and Thomas, on the dairy and were making plans to …

A market is just the beginning

LA FARGE, Wis. — While consolidation continues to trend in the dairy industry, one dairy cooperative is sticking to the values it started with over three decades ago. Organic Valley …

Fighting frozen silage, again

ALBANY, Minn. — Every year, Luke Herkenhoff and his family are faced with a recurring issue. Their silo that stores the farm’s silage freezes, causing extra work for the family. …

CARLISLE, England — From the stress of the lockdowns that were in place during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 was born an idea that has enabled one English dairy farm to flourish. …

The upgrade of the century

CUBA CITY, Wis. — Sam Schneider and his wife, Katie, are adjusting to a different lifestyle with the addition of a robotic milking system on their farm. It was a big leap from where they began …

Dairy Profile

How did you get into farming? I have been farming all my life. It’s in my blood. I moved back to the home farm in 2018 and am in the process of buying the farm. What are the most …

Getting to the root of soil function

Lance Gunderson paired with Byron Seeds to talk about soil function at four seminars Jan. 16-19 in central Minnesota. “It’s one of those things where we probably know more about the …

One patron strong

ROCK DELL, Minn. — Rock Dell Cooperative Creamery in southeast Minnesota is in business even though it has just a single patron. Phil Suess and Diane Severson co-manage the cooperative in …

Dreaming for the next generation

AUBURNDALE, Wis. — Growing up as the third generation on his family’s Wood County dairy farm, David Hasenohrl dreamed about following in his family’s footsteps. Now, he and his …

Women in Dairy

Tell us about your farm and family. Our farm is certainly a family operation. Day-to-day operations and duties are handled by my father, Brian, my uncle, Brad, and myself. My mom, Ann, works off the …

Never giving up

MORRISON, Ill. — For more than a decade, Matt Mulderink and Ashley Ware milked a small herd of cows even though it brought them no financial gain. “I tried multiple times to get into …

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. Our rolling herd average is 33,431 pounds, which equates to 101 pounds per …

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Nineteen University of Minnesota seniors broadened their experiences in the dairy industry Jan. 6-15 when they took part in this year’s annual Gopher Dairy Club trip to …

Bringing dairy back

KENSINGTON, Minn. — Pete Fernholz and his wife, Nicole, play a leadership role in more than 10 community organizations. At the same time, they milk 500 registered Jerseys and farm 1,200 …

Coming together for Nehm

ALLENTON, Wis. — On Feb. 4, more than 350 people gathered at Farmers’ Implement in Allenton to remember and honor a special young man, Curtis Nehm. They came on tractors from five …

Powering sports nutrition with dairy

HARMONY, Minn. — Music wafts through the halls of Fillmore Central High School, growing ever louder as one approaches the weight room. Inside, a dozen or so students work on strength …

Enjoying dairy farming again

COLEMAN, Wis. — The Zeitler family was losing their love of dairy farming. They were milking 180 cows in an inefficient and outdated 80-stall stanchion barn. For years, they dreamed of …

Understanding soil health

THORP, Wis. — Soil is one of the greatest resources found on any farm. Caring for it and working to improve it should be a constant goal of agriculturalists, according to Richard Halopka, …

Leading the sustainability movement

SOUTH WAYNE, Wis. — Jim Winn has a long history of conservation efforts, simply because he believes it is the right thing to do. First, he helped to form his local farmer-led watershed …

NORWALK, Wis. — When it comes to conservation practices, the Menn family has a deeply rooted history. Harvey and Jackie Menn were presented with the Monroe County Conservation Farmer of the …

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