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Feed to seed

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – As Holstein enthusiasts gathered in South Dakota for a week showcasing progress in the industry, a tour to HydroGreen Innovation Center showcased the leading edge of technology and innovation in the dairy industry.

Putt-putt, yum-yum

CECIL, Wis. – If you happen to attend an outdoor summer event in northeastern Wisconsin, you just might hear the distinctive sound of an old-time tractor engine. Chances are, if you follow that sound, you will enjoy a delicious homemade ice cream treat.   

Cow spots in Clinton crosswalk

    CLINTON, Iowa – A painted crosswalk in downtown Clinton is not the average urban beautification project. It is, however, reflective of Hillary Burken’s heritage.

KERKHOVEN, Minn. – Brothers Stuart and Simon Johnson grew up on a modest 50-cow dairy in western Minnesota, but they knew if dairying was in their future, the farm’s structure was going …

HASTINGS, Minn. − More than a year ago, Smoky Hills Farmers Cooperative purchased Hastings Creamery from Plainview Milk Products. In the time since, the new farmer owners have built a new store …

KEWAUNEE, Wis. – Since installing cow monitoring and parlor task systems, productivity at Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy has skyrocketed. Pregnancy rates are up while hormone use is down, and minimal headlock use is saving time and labor for the farm.

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – One in five women either during pregnancy or postpartum will have a diagnosable mental health concern or illness, but 75% will go untreated, according to Elizabeth Maxwell Hovis.

PLYMOUTH, Wis. – Last month, on a dairy farm more than 8,000 miles from his home near Plymouth, Dr. Kent Bindl did something not previously done in that region before.

NEILLSVILLE, Wis. – In the evenings after finishing chores and homework, Jaron and Abigail Begert enjoyed watching farming videos on YouTube with their dad, Brian Begert.

Dairy Profile: Michelle Popp

Michelle Popp Unity, Wisconsin Clark County 22 cows, 50 heifers How did you get into farming? I grew up farming and married right into it after high school. What are your thoughts and concerns about …

Women in Dairy: Kitt Hernandez

Kitt Hernandez Tomah, Wisconsin Monroe County 50 cows Family: My husband’s name is Jose, and our three boys are Aidan, 12, James, 9, and Jax, 6. My parents are Kurt and Kathy Westpfahl. Tell us …

A bag to fulfill the need 

LEWISTON, Minn. − When the dairy industry struggled in spring 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Lewiston-Altura FFA Chapter found an avenue that brought awareness to the industry’s farmers and helped move dairy products.

SAUK CENTRE, Minn. – Like his father before him, Rod Meier has found success grazing cattle on his dairy farm. While the generational farm has been grazing for decades, Meier has worked to adapt their grazing operation to be more efficient with the addition of a robotic milking system.

Learning is part of the job

    HUTCHINSON, Minn. – Growing up in rural McLeod County gave ample opportunity for young Kiley Lickfelt to be involved in the dairy community.

Choosing dairy

ALBANY, Minn. – Gripping the halter of her first show calf, Hopscotch, Hailey Frericks stepped into the show ring for the first time and instantly fell in love.

LOYAL, Wis. – For more than 60 years, Clark County residents have been entering the annual Clark County June Dairy Month Recipe Contest hosted by the Clark County Dairy Promotions Committee.

DEWITT, Iowa – The daily duties at Lee-Ann’s Swiss are spread among family members, each playing a role that allows the 90-cow herd and corresponding youngstock to provide purpose and pleasure for four generations.

A unique background in dairy 

LYLE, Minn. − In third grade, Megan Silbaugh’s parents, Sara and Paul, let her choose a 4-H project. Little did they know, she would also be choosing her career.

A creative, artistic outlet

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. – Making soap from the milk produced by her small herd of goats is a creative and artistic outlet for Colleen Sazama.

Digesters fuel dairy forward

BALTIC, S.D. – When dairyman Lynn Boadwine glances out the window of his farm office, he sees two structures that are not only aiding his farm but the environment too.

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