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KLEIN LUCKOW, Germany — Years of frustrations are driving European farmers to act against the mounting pressures their governments are foisting upon agriculture. In recent months, …

Kids Corner: The Palmers

Norah Palmer 14 years old Eighth grade When do you do chores? I help about three mornings a week. I get up around 6 a.m. and help Dad feed the calves. I also help after school sometimes when …

FFA Member Profile

Tell us about your farm and family. I am the fifth generation on my family’s dairy farm in south central Minnesota where we milk 70 cows and farm 850 acres of cropland. My parents are Dan and …

FFA: Inside the Emblem

123 members Howard Lake, Minnesota Wright County and   McLeod County Tell us about your chapter. We have two FFA advisers who are also classroom teachers and one junior high FFA adviser. …

DYERSVILLE, Iowa — Becca Miller’s background would not lead one to assume she would one day be a coffee shop owner. “It’s kind of crazy how this all started,” said …

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 …

Farming with a void

ELLSWORTH, Wis. — The Webster family always farmed as a team.   Kim and her husband, Brian, raised three kids, Mitchell, Jennifer and Thomas, on the dairy and were making plans to …

A market is just the beginning

LA FARGE, Wis. — While consolidation continues to trend in the dairy industry, one dairy cooperative is sticking to the values it started with over three decades ago. Organic Valley …

Fighting frozen silage, again

ALBANY, Minn. — Every year, Luke Herkenhoff and his family are faced with a recurring issue. Their silo that stores the farm’s silage freezes, causing extra work for the family. …

CARLISLE, England — From the stress of the lockdowns that were in place during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 was born an idea that has enabled one English dairy farm to flourish. …

The upgrade of the century

CUBA CITY, Wis. — Sam Schneider and his wife, Katie, are adjusting to a different lifestyle with the addition of a robotic milking system on their farm. It was a big leap from where they began …

Dairy Profile

How did you get into farming? I have been farming all my life. It’s in my blood. I moved back to the home farm in 2018 and am in the process of buying the farm. What are the most …

Getting to the root of soil function

Lance Gunderson paired with Byron Seeds to talk about soil function at four seminars Jan. 16-19 in central Minnesota. “It’s one of those things where we probably know more about the …

One patron strong

ROCK DELL, Minn. — Rock Dell Cooperative Creamery in southeast Minnesota is in business even though it has just a single patron. Phil Suess and Diane Severson co-manage the cooperative in …

Dreaming for the next generation

AUBURNDALE, Wis. — Growing up as the third generation on his family’s Wood County dairy farm, David Hasenohrl dreamed about following in his family’s footsteps. Now, he and his …

Women in Dairy

Tell us about your farm and family. Our farm is certainly a family operation. Day-to-day operations and duties are handled by my father, Brian, my uncle, Brad, and myself. My mom, Ann, works off the …

Never giving up

MORRISON, Ill. — For more than a decade, Matt Mulderink and Ashley Ware milked a small herd of cows even though it brought them no financial gain. “I tried multiple times to get into …

Top Performers

How many times a day do you milk, and what is your current herd average, butterfat and protein? We milk three times a day. Our rolling herd average is 33,431 pounds, which equates to 101 pounds per …

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Nineteen University of Minnesota seniors broadened their experiences in the dairy industry Jan. 6-15 when they took part in this year’s annual Gopher Dairy Club trip to …

Bringing dairy back

KENSINGTON, Minn. — Pete Fernholz and his wife, Nicole, play a leadership role in more than 10 community organizations. At the same time, they milk 500 registered Jerseys and farm 1,200 …

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