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On-farm processing sustains future

RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. — Willis Schrock and his family have found a viable future in dairy farming through on-farm processing. “It’s hard to sustain a farm when the milk price is …

From 4-H project to career

ORFORDVILLE, Wis. — Aaron Dooley was a senior in high school when he began his career as a dairy farmer. The year was 1995, and he was milking 30 goats on a rented farm. At the time, few in the …

Larger than life

GREENLEAF, Wis. — What started as a fun winter activity last year has turned into a tradition, as the Wiese family produced a giant snowman on their dairy farm again this year. This time, more …

Goat milk soap healed her skin

ROTHSCHILD, Wis. — Skin issues have plagued Michelle Neathery her entire life. When her youngest daughter was born with the same issues, she found a better way to care for her own skin and that …

377 members Sun Prairie, Wisconsin Dane County Tell us about your chapter. We are an active chapter. We do a lot of community service and a lot of agriculture education and advocacy. Also, many …

Tell us about your farm and family. Statz Bros. Inc. is managed by our second generation with our third approaching. Our farm became incorporated in 1971. At that time, common enterprise was dairy …

Kids Corner: The Leys

Logan Ley 10 years old Fourth grade When do you do chores? I do chores at 4 p.m. What is your favorite and least favorite chore? My favorite chore is feeding calves and my least favorite is …

THORP, Wis. — Dairy farming can be an isolating career, and while the advent of social media may ease that isolation, a lack of personal interaction is felt by many dairy farmers. That …

Farmers reaching retirement age and the economic struggles of the year contributed to a portion of Wisconsin dairy farms exiting the industry in 2023. As of Jan. 1, there were 5,661 licensed …

Top Performers

How many times a day do you milk, and what is your current herd average, butterfat and protein? Our cows are currently being milked an average of 2.8 times a day in our robotic milking system. The …

Editor’s note: Dairy Star aims to provide our readers with a closer look into relevant topics to today’s dairy industry. Through this series, we intend to examine and educate on a variety …

Pulling double duty

LAKE HENRY, Minn. — Young dairy farmers Nick Hemmesch and Sam Hopfer have a lot in common. Both farm in the southern part of Stearns County. They also farm with family; Hopfer with his …

Extricating his survival

WANAMINGO, Minn. — Marshall Friese said he thought his life was over when he was pinned between the cab of his skid loader and the unloader of the mixer at his family’s farm near …

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Across the United States, there is a shortage of veterinarians, especially in rural America. The shortfall has been trending for decades, but universities are working to …

Forging his own fire

PITTSVILLE, Wis. — When it comes to hobbies and interests that might spark the interest of an 11-year-old boy, blacksmithing might not be at the top of the list. But Gavin Hughes found himself …

Farming gives her life back

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — As a high school graduate in 2008, Jamie Biviano planned to make a career of her military service in the U.S. Air Force. However, fate dealt her a cruel hand, bringing those …

Dairy Profile: Bob Gierok

How did you get into farming? I grew up with it. I bought this farm from my dad in 1995. I have seven brothers and one sister. My older brother was going to farm here, but he found a different place …

Women in Dairy: Cherrie Frost

Withee, Wisconsin Clark County 55 cows Tell us about your family and farm. My husband, Mark, and I moved onto this farm Nov. 1, 1987. Today, with this farm, the farm across the road and my …

SUNNYSIDE, Wash. — Looking around online has reunited Jason Sheehan with an old J.I. Case 2390 tractor that had been in his family. Jason, a Washington dairy farmer, grew up on a dairy …

No two boards are the same

BANGOR, Wis. — Wendy Nelson and Brenda Smith have been colleagues and friends for over 20 years. So when the pair decided to start a side business selling charcuterie boards online, they …

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