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Describe your farm and facilities. This is the family farm that I grew up on, and I farm with help from my dad and two full-time employees. We milk twice a day in a double-8 parallel parlor, and cows …

EYOTA, Minn. — On June 6, Gar-Lin Dairy welcomed Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and Commissioner of Agriculture Thom Petersen as well as other agriculture advocates and a small swarm of media to the …

LEAVENWORTH, Minn. — Parked down the first baseline at the Leavenworth baseball field are a couple of farm trucks. The first faces the diamond, creating seats for Jim and Elaine Mickelson for …

MADISON, Wis — From developing new specialty cheese recipes to finding alternative uses for whey to training the next Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker, the Center for Dairy Research continuously …

From cows to coffee

CUBA CITY, Wis. — Tabitha Vosberg has always been slightly enamored with coffee. She even named one of her cow families with coffee names. Now, she has combined her love of coffee and cows in …

ALMA CENTER, Wis. — Richard and Sara Larson’s 42-year dairy career had its share of challenges, but also included many highlights. “It’s been good to us,” Richard …

Appreciating farmers

WALDO, Wis. — Farming is hard work. But when that work is recognized by others, it can make a big difference. On May 30, six farmers in Sheboygan County were shown appreciation when they …

Retrofitting for robots

ALEXANDRIA, S.D. — Robotic milking facilities are often purpose-built, but existing dairy barns can also be successfully converted to accommodate robotic milkers. A good example of this …

SAUK CENTRE, Minn. — Sand bedding has long been the bedding of choice for Vogt Dairy. But sand bedding has brought a love-hate relationship to the farm near Sauk Centre.   The …

Nearly three months ago, the first cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 in dairy cattle was confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection …

Dairy Profile

How did you get into farming? We are a fourth-generation dairy farm. It all started with our great-great-grandfather, Albe, and has been passed down from there. We have many family members involved …

Sharing her talent

NEILLSVILLE, Wis. — Abigail Mathis has always had a love of music and singing. However, a year ago she would never have dreamed that she would be performing music in front of crowds. …

Wyatt Roelike   11 years old Going into sixth grade   When do you do chores? I help every day with morning and night chores.   What is your favorite and least favorite chore? …

The best thing they have done

HARMONY, Minn. — Madylan Wingert would rather be in 4-H than playing sports. “It’s my favorite thing to do,” Madylan said. “I have nothing else I really like more …

Recreating Char Dham

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — It is not every day that a cow is welcomed to roam in a temple. But Thomas Duden and his cow, Brickton Impression Rio, experienced just that June 8 as the guest of honor at …

Living the legacy

CASHTON, Wis. — Ben Klinkner was sure he would never milk another cow when he left home for college at 18 years old. While he was earning his master’s degree, however, his dad asked him …

MELROSE, Minn. — Marv Thielen has a vague memory from the late 1950s when he was about 3 years old and the last of the horses left his family’s farm near Melrose. At the time, the farm …

Keeping it local

RIB LAKE, Wis. — Owning a pizza place has been a long-time dream for Cody Baldwin. He was able to embark on this journey in January 2023 when he purchased Man Made Pizza and Ice Cream in Rib …

NEILLSVILLE, Wis. — The Byrne family has noticed that even in their small town of Neillsville, the average person seems to have less understanding of agriculture and the dairy industry than …

Sharing her farm’s story

UTICA, Minn. — For sisters Katie and Kyli Ketchum, bad dad joke competitions during milking are a way of passing the time in the parlor. “I’m not very good at them,” …

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