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A crushing blow

Light shines off the metal of the remains of a steer shed May 29 at the Larson’s farm near Gratiot, Wisconsin. The building housed 200 steers before it was destroyed by straight-line winds May 21.

GRATIOT, Wis. — Josh Larson had been home after evening chores for just 30 minutes on Tuesday, May 21, and was listening to a thunderstorm rage outside, when his mother called that the steer …

Liza Schlintz Bangor, Wisconsin La Crosse County 60 cows Tell us about your family and farm. My husband, AJ, and I live on his family’s 101-year-old farm purchased by his …
ARPIN, Wis. — Rhonda Treml-Knebel grew up in a world of black and white. But for nearly 20 years, she has been seeing things in shades of red, falling for the Normande cow and everything they …
LANCASTER, Wis. — Elementary school aged children around the country are a little more knowledgeable after watching their adopted calf grow throughout the school year. Wisconsin host farms …
As the number of dairy farms with confirmed cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenze H5N1 continues to climb, so do the questions about how the disease is the spreading. Vigilant biosecurity …
Describe your farm and facilities. We have a double-4 step-up parlor. Our farm is run by me and my wife, Michelle; our three kids, Jacob, Libby and Zander; my parents, Leonard and Rose Hoen; and a …
AVON, Minn. — When asked what his favorite chore has been throughout 91 years of living on his family’s dairy farm near Avon, Alfred Ritter chose an unlikely one. “My favorite …
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Not a moment to rest

The calendar has turned to June Dairy Month. Signs are up for our local dairy breakfast, and I am trying to channel my creativity into coming up with different projects for the FFA kids to do to …

  • Grooving

    Our animals will tell us when they need help, but sometimes it takes us a while to figure out what …

  • Another dairy farmworker contracts H5N1

    H5N1 has been confirmed in a third farmworker. This is the second human case in Michigan and is part of …

  • Not a moment to rest

    The calendar has turned to June Dairy Month. Signs are up for our local dairy breakfast, and I am trying …

  • A crazy busy summer

    Happy June Dairy month. June is my favorite month of the year for many reasons.   It is exciting to …

  • Errands with friends

    I heard a story on a radio station about running errands with friends as a way to connect when life …

  • Burning money

    The other day, a few of our doctors were discussing heifer pregnancy rates. A top-notch client had …

  • Field of daydreams

    The June cloudburst sweeps across the field, pounding the young corn plants as I scramble for …

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Ice Cream Cake
1 gallon ice cream, slightly softened 1 package crushed Oreos 1/2 stick butter 1 large container cool whipped cream 1 package M&Ms Chocolate syrup Combine butter and crushed Oreos. Press …
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8 ounces sour cream 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese 4 cooked, cubed chicken breasts 12 ounces mild salsa 2 cans cream of chicken soup 8 medium flour tortillas, cubed to 1-inch squares Combine …
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1 pound lean ground beef 1/2 cup onion, chopped Whole-wheat elbow macaroni or   penne or rotini pasta 1 medium tomato, chopped 8 ounces tomato sauce 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt, optional 1/4 …
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