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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 …

FFA Member Profile

Tell us about your farm and family. Of my family of seven, my older brother is hoping to take over our family farm someday. We do not have hired help, and my family members have been the only workers …

Hunting deer, talking dairy

COOK, Minn. — Although they are fellow dairy farmers, it is deer, not cows, that bring the Rickeman and Pearson families together every November. For 15 years, Scott Rickeman and his son Neil …

A strong foundation

LODI, Wis. — To the Endres family, nothing beats a Jersey. Small and friendly, efficient and healthy are the qualities Sydney (Endres) Flick appreciates in the breed her father transitioned to …

Rolling out the dough

AUBURNDALE, Wis. — Dawn Sweeney grew up at her mother’s and grandmother’s elbows, helping them in the kitchen with baking and cooking. From that beginning sprouted a lifelong …

A day in the life of the Spindlers

STRATFORD, Wis. — Chores are a mainstay at Kobey and Trine Spindler’s farm, just like they have always been. However, for the last two years, the Spindlers have found the flexibility to …

Suburban dairy farming

SOMERSET, N.J. — Operating the last dairy farm in Somerset County, New Jersey, requires navigation of suburbia. Middlebush Farm, owned by the Puskas family, is surrounded by housing …

Managing pastures during a dry year

OSSEO, Wis. — Managing pastures during a drought was the topic of discussion as farmers gathered Nov. 8 for the annual West Central Wisconsin Fall Grazing Conference in Osseo, hosted by River …

A distressing call from abroad

PIPESTONE, Minn. — John Vander Wal and his wife, Berlinda, were visiting relatives in their native country of the Netherlands when John received a distressing midnight phone call. …

Welcoming change

BELMONT, Wis. — From a flat barn parlor to a tiestall barn and now a compost barn and swing-12 pit parlor, Dan Nodolf has farmed in a few different setups in his dairy career. He has also grown …

Women in Dairy: Ashley Kaiser

Ashley Kaiser Loyal, Wisconsin Clark County 33 cows Tell us about your farm and family. My husband, Eric, and I have two daughters, Rylie and Jordyn. The farm was purchased by my husband’s …

Wisconsin 4-H dominates NAILE youth contest

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Four young women representing Wisconsin 4-H took the North American International Livestock Exposition’s Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest by storm, winning the contest …

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