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In a perfect world

In a perfect world, My house would be clean My dishes all done The floor would gleam In a perfect world There would only be flowers Yet, I don’t mind weed pulling …

The magic of curds, whey

When you picture Wisconsin’s top agriculture products, what comes to mind? For many, it may be cheese, cranberries, snap beans or even ginseng.   Did you know that Wisconsin is also …

My little town

I first came to Cambridge, Wisconsin, almost 30 years ago. I remember the downtown resembling a Norman Rockwell painting. The population was at 900 for a long time. There was only a Main Street …

Read, grow

It struck me this past weekend as I was crawling around in my garden trying to spot new life (that wasn’t a weed) that I had forgotten to write about how our wild garden plans came out last …

Beef for breakfast

As a former Tri-County Beef Queen, it is my duty to continue to promote my favorite source of protein and iron: beef. As dairy farmers, we are fortunate to support two commodity check-offs with one …

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the April federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $15.50 per hundredweight, down 84 cents from March and $3.02 below April 2023, brought down by …

Spring is perhaps our favorite season on the farm. After the long doldrums of winter, most northerners can attest to the anticipation and excitement that accompanies spring. There is much to be done …

Wedding season

It’s wedding season. I honestly have no idea if there’s actually a defined best time for weddings when you’d be most likely invited to attend one. I was going to Google it when my …

Mastitis in 1918

I was doing housecleaning the other day and revisited an old book that my brother gave me years ago. It was published in 1918 with this rather long title: “Farm knowledge: A complete …

Scoop shovel 2.0

The timeworn phrase, “Kids sure have it good nowadays!” has never been truer than it is nowadays. I blame the so-called digital age, which led to the advent of the so-called …

From the farm to Dairy Star

Hello, readers. I am Sarah Middendorf, daughter of Steve and Julie Middendorf. I started working for Star Publications in the middle of February as the special sections coordinator and recently …

Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Sen. Debbie Stabenow said it must be a bipartisan bill to get a farm bill done. When unveiling her farm bill plan, the …

The U.S. Department of Agriculture February dairy supply and utilization report provided a look behind the markets. Speaking in the April 22 “Dairy Radio Now” broadcast, HighGround …

Ripple effects

What an interesting, and concerning, spring we are having. At any given time, there are a handful of concerns swirling around in my thoughts. Our livestock hauler said the auction has twice as …

Goodbye, hello

I have an earworm song swirling in and out of my mind as I decipher the story I want to tell.   The Beatles sang, “You say yes. I say no. You say high. I say low. I don’t know …

The two-cylinder club

My wife and I recently attended an evening meeting of a two-cylinder club. This was quite exciting for us as it’s as close as we’ll ever get to going nightclubbing. For the …

Central Dairy Plains Expo recap

Midwest Dairy participated in the Central Plains Dairy Expo in March in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. There, we had the pleasure of connecting with farmers through face-to-face conversations at our …

For producers in the Federal Milk Marketing Order 30 or surrounding markets, a vast majority of the milk check is dictated by volume and value of milk fat and protein. While the pay price for milk …

Spring taste buds

The smell of spring is permeating the farmhouse these days. Around here, that is the smell of the manure pit being agitated with a hint of freshly mowed lawn. Between Don the milkman and Henry, no …

Drips of severe weather

I heard the hum of the lawn mower and smelled the fresh-cut grass blowing into the window in our upstairs bedroom. I was in a Zoom meeting and was able to look out the window to see the flowers on …

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