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MADISON, Wis. — More than 275 farmers and agriculturists gathered Jan. 31 at the Monona Terrace in Madison for Ag Day at the Capitol. The day started with updates on legislation and concluded …

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Pioneer Farm, the school dairy for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, milks cows using two systems. Half of the 200-cow herd is milked in a double-5 herringbone …

Double the luck

NEILLSVILLE, Wis. — They say lightning does not strike twice, but one Clark County family recently learned that it can.

THORP, Wis. — Calving is one of the most stressful times a dairy cow experiences, and that stress can make her vulnerable to metabolic disorders like milk fever.

Building a common language

MARSHFIELD, Wis. — Dairy farmers often face unique stressors that are not understood by those outside the agricultural community.

BROOKINGS, S.D. — After three years of looking for a way to plan, budget and build a new dairy production facility at South Dakota State University in Brookings, the effort has been deemed …

BENSON, Minn. — Dooley’s Natural Gas of Willmar has filed an application with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission as part of a plan to construct a 28-mile, renewable natural gas …

What is your somatic cell count?   Aldinger: Our cell count averaged 82,000 for 2O23. Huth: Our last seven-day average was 52,000. Kimm: Our December 2023 bulk tank average was …

Preserving agriculture

PERHAM, Minn. — A camera and a farm is all Wendy Dornbusch and her daughter, Annalee Beaver, need to share the lifestyle of farming. Dornbusch and her husband, Randy, live on a farm that …

Zoning in on heifer management

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa — The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy team held a series of workshops that focused on raising dairy heifer calves.   Dairy Days were held Jan. 16 …

Top Performers

How many times a day do you milk, and what is your current herd average, butterfat and protein? We use a robotic milking system and average 2.7 visits per cow per day. We are producing 30,476 pounds …

Decorating barns across the country

WAUNAKEE, Wis. — Emma Laufenberg made her first barn quilt in 2014 as a Father’s Day gift for her dad. Word got out, and people in the area began asking Laufenberg if she could make one …

Continuing the good fight

WESTBY, Wis. — Darin Von Ruden is continuing his work as president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union while he and his son continue to live out the transition plan of the family’s dairy farm …

Dairy Profile

How did you get into farming? I was raised being around the farm. I never felt pressured to be a part of the farm, and it was something I was able to choose to be a part of. I have always enjoyed …

Building on a lifetime of dairying

FARLEY, Iowa — Tom Beringer remembers moving to the farm with his parents in 1952. He was just 5 years old at the time, and his parents had a myriad of animals: cattle, hogs, sheep and …

Pelzer has 4 decades of advocacy

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The CEO of Midwest Dairy, Molly Pelzer, has announced her retirement after nearly 40 years with the dairy checkoff. “Without the dairy farmers, I wouldn’t …

Women in Dairy

Jennifer Jandt West Salem, Wisconsin La Crosse County 160 cows Tell us about your farm and family. I farm with my husband, Joe. We have three kids, Gabe, Gibson and Ellison. Our cows are housed …

47 years of dairy farming

KASSON, Minn. — Patrick O’Brien is closing in on five decades of milking cows on his family farm near Kasson. O’Brien milks 65 cows and tends 300 acres on the farm he has …

MARSHFIELD, Wis. — Dairy farmers often face unique stressors that are not understood by those outside the agricultural community. This can make it difficult for some farmers to feel understood …

Farming at multiple sites

GREEN BAY, Wis. — When expanding at home is not possible, a dairy operation could be grown by adding a second site. Forty-seven dairies in Wisconsin have more than one location, and 26 added a …

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