Breeding for the ideal ewe

JUDA, Wis. – When master cheesemaker Jeff Wideman, Shirley Knox and Mariana Marques de Almeida decided to milk sheep, they wanted to invest in the best-producing breed.

Robots to the rescue

CUBA CITY, Wis. – The Vosberg family is reaping the benefits of transitioning to a robotic milking system.

Kids Corner: The Traynors

Carol Traynor 18 years old Senior When do you do chores? I do the 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. milkings year-round. Before night milking, I also help with the birds and calves when needed. We have 50 chickens …

Stearns County Fair brings friends, fun

SAUK CENTRE, Minn. – Throughout central Minnesota, the end of July brings tasseling corn, small grain harvest and the Stearns County Fair. For the Schiffler family, this is one of their favorite times of year.

Special song gives farmers a voice

WINDBER, Pa. – Jeff Corle has two main passions in life – dairy farming and music.

WINDOM, Minn. – While many things remain the same at the Hinkeldey family dairy farm, a few changes have taken place during the past decade.

Kids Corner: The Hentsches

Kindsey Hentsch 7 years old Second grade When do you do chores? Sometimes I help feed bottle calves. I have a list of chores, and sometimes, I forget them. What is your favorite chore and least …

Big data for each cow

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Adapting and using technology appropriately for each cow is critical when gathering data and acting on it for the betterment of a dairy.

Shannon Dairy hosts Holstein tour

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – One of the stops on the Western Ways Farm Tour a part of the National Holstein Convention June 29 was Shannon Dairy at Winfred. Shannon Dairy is operated by the Shannon Hutterite Colony, a diversified farming operation that includes some 5,000 acres of cropland.

Calf care to cow success

PARKER, S.D. – Achieving a high genomic herd starts well before the cows enter the parlor. DaBru Dairy has found their success by laying a strong foundation of calf care and management with an automated calf feeding system.

MONTGOMERY, Minn. – With second crop hay underway and a truck load of steers ready for market, Francis Rynda and his family made the most out of their busy day July 13.

Cows, candy go hand in hand

MAUSTON, Wis. – When Keilah Powers finishes farm chores in the mornings, she switches hats and heads to her aunt Dee’s candy shop, where she manages the business in between milking cows.

WESTBY, Wis. – Three generations of men are at work at the Von Rudens’ dairy farm. Darin Von Ruden and his son, Brett, are seven years into a farm transition and receive help from Von Ruden’s father, Dale.

Trip of a lifetime

Big wins at the National FFA Convention’s dairy judging contest in Indianapolis, Indiana, last fall translated to a trip overseas for a group of youth from Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin in late June and July.

Women in Dairy: Annie Vannurden

Annie Vannurden Royalton, Minnesota Morrison County Family: Husband, Eric; children, Dakota and Carter, 2 months Tell us about your farm. I am the general manager of Silverstreak Dairies LLC. We have …

Always advocating

ALBANY Minn. – From show whites to a sash and crown, Kallie Frericks always looks for the opportunity to share her love for dairy by advocating for the farming community.

For the love of family, farming

HUTCHINSON, Minn. – Grandma picked her of all her siblings to be the gentle care taker of the calves. Now at the age of 19, Allison Wright does just that and so much more.

Connecting farm to table

KELLOGG, Minn. − Ashley Holst has wanted to be a Princess Kay of the Milky Way finalist since she was 8 years old; her parents had taken her to the Minnesota State Fair for the first time.

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