Josh and Sarah Moga, Ben Wojcik Marshland Dairy LLC
Spencer, Wis.
Marathon County
135 cows

How did you get into farming? We started in 2007 with a small herd of 13 cows. In 2013 we moved to Spencer and started Marshland Dairy.

What are your thoughts and concerns about the dairy industry for the next year? We are worried about trade and the instability of the milk markets.

What is the latest technology you implemented on your farm and the purpose for it? We have started genomic testing so we can raise fewer heifers and in the future do more in-vitro fertilization.

What is the management practice you changed in the past year that has benefited you? We updated our vaccination program.

What cost-saving steps have you implemented during the low milk prices? We have purchased more of our own farm equipment so we can do more ourselves without having to custom hire it.

Tell us about a skill you possess that makes dairy farming easier for you. Persistence and drive when faced with an obstacle; we continue to push through until we overcome it.

What do you enjoy most about dairy farming? We enjoy working with animals and our family every day. It is also nice being your own boss.

What advice would you give other dairy farmers? If you like what you’re doing, keep moving forward. It can only get better.

What has been the best purchase you’ve made on your farm? A new vacuum pump for the parlor. It was a large cost savings on the electricity bill.

What has been your biggest accomplishment while dairy farming? In the creation of Marshland Dairy, the remodel of the whole farm was quite an accomplishment.

What are your plans for your dairy in the next year and five years? In the next year we have no plans for change, but in the next five years we plan to double our herd size.

How do you or your family like to spend time when you are not doing chores? We are active in 4-H and Boy Scouts. We also enjoy showing cattle, hunting and watching football.