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FENNIMORE, Wis. — When it comes to the commercial dairy goat industry, Sarah Varney sees dry doe management as a bottleneck.

MADISON, Wis. — Food waste is more than a societal problem, according to Brandon Scholz, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Grocers Association. For grocery stores, food waste is also a …

FOND DU LAC, Wis. — The Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association celebrated the achievements of its members at its annual convention Dec. 29-31, 2023, in Fond du Lac.

Top Performers: Chad Felton

How many times a day do you milk, and what is your current herd average, butterfat and protein? We milk twice a day at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Our current herd average is 31,135 pounds, and our butterfat …

Mutually beneficial

FREEPORT, Minn. — When Chris Middendorf added a robotic milking system to his freestall barn a year ago, he intended to use the facility in tandem with his already existing double-8 parallel parlor.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — With milk prices dropping last spring, followed by drought conditions arriving in many areas, 2023 gave Minnesota dairy farmers steep challenges. Added to that were higher …

Carrying tradition forward

PERHAM, Minn. — The work of four generations of the Seedorf family was rewarded when Seedorf Dairy was named the 2023 Otter Tail County Farm Family of the Year.

Making cheese on a large scale

LUXEMBURG, Wis. — Farmers shipping their milk to Agropur’s Luxemburg plant are key contributors to the more than 2 million pounds of mozzarella and provolone made weekly at the 85,000-square-foot facility.

PULASKI, Wis. — With horns blaring, drums pounding, happy voices sounding and an accordion or two, the Pulaski Red Raider Marching Band and the school’s choir took the city of Pasadena, California, by storm with their energetic brand of bombastic music.

CUMBERLAND, Wis. — Some children growing up on dairy farms may dream of having cows that accomplish once-in-a-lifetime achievements. Some dream of having an All-American, some dream of having a …

Better than a baker’s dozen

MARSHFIELD, Wis. — Christmas baking has become a holiday tradition for the Heeg family of Marshfield, just as dairy farming is a family tradition. Over 20 years ago, Judy Heeg began …

Greeting the year with a blizzard, no water

SAUK CENTRE, Minn. — Balancing holiday plans with dairy farming can be a challenge, but when something goes awry on the farm, life quickly goes from hectic to crazy. Nick and Tara Meyer …

Tips for tackling taxes

JUNEAU, Wis. — As 2023 draws to a close, it is likely that Christmas is not the only thing on a farmer’s mind. Income taxes might rank up there with decorating, buying presents and taking …

One-On-One with Willis Gunst

What is your dairy industry background? I grew up on my family’s registered Holstein dairy farm in Dodge County. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course in …

FFA: Inside the Emblem

61 members Albany, Minnesota Stearns County Tell us about your chapter. The Albany FFA Chapter seems to always have something going on. Between FFA Week, Drive a Tractor to School, a petting zoo …

FFA Member Profile

Tell us about your farm and family. My parents are Peter and Stacy Salzl. I have two brothers, Riley and Brantley, and one sister, Karlee. We milk 140 cows, that all have names, on a robotic dairy …

Kids Corner

Cody Crosby 13 years old Eighth grade   When do you do chores, and what chores do you do? I help with chores in the evenings and on the weekends. What is your favorite and least …

Deciding what is fair

PRESTON, Minn. — Determining a fair land rent price can be difficult.   David Bau, who works with the University of Minnesota Extension in agriculture business management, tackled …

Cheese company crafted from a garage

CORSICA, S.D. — There are many successful businesses that began with an idea and an empty spot in a garage. The Apple corporation would be just one example. While not nearly as big as …

Farming amid the Rocky Mountains

KALISPELL, Mont. — Rarely do cows graze with prettier scenery surrounding them than the cows do at Hedstrom Dairy.   The farm, surrounded by mountains, is owned by Bill and Marilyn …

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