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Dreaming of a dairy farm

WAUSAU, Wis. — Paul Prieve did not grow up on a dairy farm, but he did grow up helping on his uncle’s dairy farm just down the road from his family’s home. The experiences he …

MINNEAPOLIS — The name Natalie Clemenson has been announced multiple times in youth gatherings in recent years, but never as it was April 23 in Minneapolis. Clemenson and several thousand …

Cash in with beef on dairy

MADISON, Wis. — Dairy producers have been breeding dairy cows and heifers to beef bulls to manage replacement numbers and create calves of higher resale value. As this trend continues, the …

Payton Gibbs 11 years old Fifth grade When do you do chores? I do chores from 5-7 p.m. What is your favorite and least favorite chore? My favorite chore is feeding bottle calves. My least …

170 members Lancaster, Wisconsin Grant County Tell us about your chapter. Our chapter includes members from grades 7-12 and several graduates before they become alumni members. Members are from …

Tell us about your farm and family. The farm was started by my grandparents in 1969. It was then passed down to my father in 2021. My siblings and I enjoyed growing up working on the farm. I work as …

Choosing the right fit

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Using the correct kind of sand is key for farms looking to implement high sand reclamation systems, especially if a digester is involved. “Start off with …

EPWORTH, Iowa — Imagine operating a dairy farm, running a restaurant, raising children and organizing registered cattle sales — all at the same time. For quite a few years, that is …

More than dairy cows

ALBANY, Minn. — The sound of goats bleating while they roam his farm south of Albany is something that Tyler Gerads has heard for more than a year. Milking is not a foreign concept to …

WATERTOWN, Wis. — The sun was shining, and the wind was blowing when James McManama took to the fields May 1 for the first time this year. Planting corn was the goal for McManama and his …

Measuring to manage

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — As consolidation continues in the dairy industry and herd sizes grow larger, management practices are evolving to include more automation. Producers lean on technology …

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. — Having a source of high-quality replacement heifers dictates the future of dairy farms. Many variables come into play when a producer considers the source of these …

Roping a survivor

BLAIR, Wis. — The Killian family will never forget the day one of their beloved Jersey cows, Lemondrop, fell in the manure pit. Steve and Amanda milk 75 Jerseys and Holsteins on their farm …

Milk flows fresh

ALBANY, Minn. — A crowd of around 30 gathered May 6 in the cafeteria at Albany Area Secondary School in Albany to celebrate the instillation of two milk dispensers.   Present were …

Nitrate reduction

ORONOCO, Minn. — Farmers from across southeast Minnesota gathered to hear about cropping practices and nitrate reduction Feb. 23 at Tony and Michelle Rossman’s farm near Oronoco. The …

BERNADOTTE, Minn. — Some dairy barns are home to 10,000 cows, but Ruth Klossner’s house is home to over 21,000. Klossner was accepted into the Guinness World Records in summer 2015 …

Keys to successful heifers

AMES, Iowa — Raising healthy heifers through organic management practices can present challenges. Larry Tranel, a dairy specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, has …

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Last year, 14,500 guests toured Chaney’s Dairy Barn. People can watch the process of their ice cream being made all the way from milking to milk being processed, …

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. — Getting one extra meal into a cow each day can directly impact production. Encouraging cows to make one more trip to the bunk and maximizing what they eat while at the …

A continuity of excellence

MONONA, Iowa — Detailed name boards hang in the whitewashed tiestall barn at Moondale Farm near Monona. Each board delineates a cow’s lineage and type. “I always had a goal to …

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