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Cows are her choice

ATHENS, Wis. — Savana Mata is not the average dairy farm worker, and she was not the average student in her program at Northcentral Technical College. “I have always loved …

Nothing is certain in the world except for change. With changes in cows, management styles and the climate, dairy barn ventilation needs to change as well. Dr. Nesli Akdeniz, an associate …

H5N1 marches on

In just over three months since it was first confirmed March 25, highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 has continued to impact the dairy industry, in both incidents and precautions to reduce its …

ETTRICK, Wis. — From the time he was an eighth grader attending his first state FFA convention, Jescey Thompson has been enamored with the organization. He knew he wanted to further his FFA …

A perfect fit

SULLIVAN, Wis. — When switching to a robotic milking system, the Payne family made sure it could be done with minimal disruption to current facilities. They had built their freestall barn in …

Describe your farm and facilities. We milk in a double-6 herringbone parlor. Our cows are housed in a freestall barn and our fresh cows are on a bedded pack. Fresh cows are milked four times a day …

PLAINVIEW, Minn. — Plainview Milk Products Cooperative is celebrating 125 years as a creamery. Becky Pearson, the Plainview-based cooperative’s general manager/controller, said she …

WRENSHALL, Minn. — Despite the wet weather June has brought, the sun shone brightly on the morning of June 29 for the Carlton County Breakfast on the Farm. Duane and Doreen Laveau hosted …

Kids Corner: The Koltes Family

Caden Koltes 12 years old 7th grade   When do you do chores? Morning and night. What is your favorite and least favorite chore? My favorite chore is feeding calves. My least favorite …

A family tradition

MANCHESTER, Iowa — Jennifer Zumbach has a long history of 4-H involvement. Her dad was the Delaware County dairy superintendent and 4-H club leader for nearly 50 years before his passing. …

A cow of every color

FORT ATKINSON, Wis. — Under a red-and-white-striped tent in the middle of town, a collection of colorful cattle gathered June 15 on the lawn of the Hoard Historical Museum and National Dairy …

Playing in the mud

WINSTED, Minn. — When the weather went from warm and sunny to thunder and rain during the Winstock Country Music Festival, farmers came to the rescue June 16. Tony Bakeberg, a dairy farmer …

Striving for excellence

PRINCETON, Minn. — Mid- March was a time like no other for Kristin Reiman Duden as her passion for Jerseys grew into her greatest accomplishment, receiving the Young Jersey Breeders Award. …

Nostalgic ice cream

VERGAS, Minn. — The putt-putt sound of a John Deere 1.5 horsepower engine and the creamy taste of homemade ice cream are well known to Denny Pausch. Pausch owns and operates Olde Tyme Ice …

Circling back to robots

BLANCHARDVILLE, Wis. — In 2016, Farron and Jessica Gruenenfelder were considering an upgrade from milking 70 cows in a tiestall barn to milking with robotic milking units. “We were …

Finding a home in dairy

RICHMOND, Minn. — Bella Klocker’s journey of what she wanted to do with her future took a major change when she found a passion for dairy. “I grew up in St. Cloud, so I (had) …

BROOTEN, Minn. — Brothers Kenny, Arnie and Jeremy Martin enjoy working together on their 150-cow dairy near Brooten.   They also relish the opportunity to work with their brothers, …

Little business, big goals

JEFFERSON, Wis. — Brody Jacobson was 5 years old when he got his first two goats — Pinky and Blue. “I like goats because they are calm and lovable,” Brody said. “I …

Feeding the future

SPARTA, Wis. — Raising calves on a dairy farm means investing in the future of the operation. One of the most important aspects of raising calves is nutrition. “We’re not …

Women in Dairy: Kelsey Woldt

Kelsey Woldt Brillion, Wisconsin   Calumet County 1,650 cows milking Family: My parents, Daryl and Amy, own Woldt Farms. My sisters — Kayla, Kristen, Karly and Kortney — and I …

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