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Things that go bump in the night

BOYCEVILLE, Wis. — After an early morning and a busy day partaking in Wisconsin’s traditional opening day of gun deer season, Kyle and Casey Sutliff and their family headed to bed early …

Prospering from challenges

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — If there is one thing that never scared Patrick Plante, it was a challenge. Buying a farm site in 1989, prior to seeing it, Plante had his work cut out for him.   …

Women in Dairy: Trish Brown

Trish Brown Strum, Wisconsin Trempealeau County 30 cows Tell us about your farm and family. My husband, Judson, and I have two children: Coltan and Eastan. Our farm is home to 30 registered …

Generations working together

CHOKIO, Minn. — Not far from the town of Chokio, four generations can be found working together to operate Golombiecki Family Farms LLC. Their hard work was rewarded   when they were named …

Dairy Profile

How did you get into farming? I grew up around the farm. My grandparents farmed here, and I spent a lot of time on the farm with them when I was a little kid. They retired in 2008, and the farm was …

Fine-tuned forage

AMERY, Wis. — At the center of Four Hands Holsteins’ success are quality forages grown, harvested, stored and fed to the highest standard. Rick Dado shared his expertise on the topic …

Leading her way to the top

PITTSVILLE, Wis. — Maddy Hensel might not have grown up on a dairy farm, but her passion for the dairy industry runs as deep as if it had roots set for generations. “When we were …

Cows on parade

FORT ATKINSON, Wis. — Seven cows are dressing up the streets of Fort Atkinson in black, white, red, brown, gray and fawn. Showcasing the major dairy breeds — Holstein, Red and White …

Cutting costs in half

SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. — Hanke Farms is getting cows bred back quicker and with the use of fewer drugs since installing the CowManager system for activity and rumination monitoring in February …

Bottling milk for over a century

APPLETON, Wis. — As one of the few remaining milk bottling plants in Wisconsin, Lamers Dairy is committed to quality and freshness as well as creating a product with a long shelf life. The …

A labor of love

GLENWOOD CITY, Wis. — In the final days of November, Tom and Debbie Mahoney closed a chapter that encompassed the past 18 years of their lives at Pine Lane Dairy when they dispersed their herd. …

Fantastic Friday night lights

STRATFORD, Wis. — Dedication, perseverance and mental toughness played a key factor as the final seconds ticked off the clock before the Stratford Tigers football team captured their second …

Going a step above

ST. MARTIN, Minn. — Like many dairy farmers, Mike Orbeck does what he can to help his fellow farming community. Also like most dairy farmers, he never expected to be recognized for his efforts. …

Top Performers

How many times a day do you milk, and what is your current herd average, butterfat and protein? We milk three times per day with a current rolling herd average of 34,300 pounds with a butterfat of …

Creating fresh consumers

CANNON FALLS, Minn. — Students at Cannon Falls Area Schools can now enjoy fresh, cold milk from bulk milk dispensers, thanks in part to two local dairy farmers.   On Sept. 18, the …

Away in a manger

DARWIN, Minn. — High in the hayloft of the barn, an angel will appear and bring good tidings to all who visit the live Nativity production at Ahlgren Dairy. Rick Ahlgren and his wife, …

Tri-Cross Dairy’s plan for success

VIBORG, S.D. — Dairy farmers have to take many factors into consideration when choosing their herd sires. Among the foremost of these factors is the level of inbreeding that will result from …

Navigating the dry period

AMES, Iowa — It is not unusual for dairy goat farmers to be thinking about drying off their herd this time of the year. Dr. Michelle Buckley from Iowa State University spoke during a webinar …

Kids Corner: The Klaphakes

Reece Klaphake 13 years old Eighth grade When do you help with chores? I help with chores every morning and night. What is your favorite and least favorite chore? My favorite chore is …

FFA Inside the Emblem: Colby

70 members Colby, Wisconsin Clark County Tell us about your chapter. Our chapter is led by our two advisors, Kiersten Rogowski and Monica Dukelow. We also have five officers this year: Jazmyn …

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