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Building on a lifetime of dairying

FARLEY, Iowa — Tom Beringer remembers moving to the farm with his parents in 1952. He was just 5 years old at the time, and his parents had a myriad of animals: cattle, hogs, sheep and …

Pelzer has 4 decades of advocacy

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The CEO of Midwest Dairy, Molly Pelzer, has announced her retirement after nearly 40 years with the dairy checkoff. “Without the dairy farmers, I wouldn’t …

Women in Dairy

Jennifer Jandt West Salem, Wisconsin La Crosse County 160 cows Tell us about your farm and family. I farm with my husband, Joe. We have three kids, Gabe, Gibson and Ellison. Our cows are housed …

47 years of dairy farming

KASSON, Minn. — Patrick O’Brien is closing in on five decades of milking cows on his family farm near Kasson. O’Brien milks 65 cows and tends 300 acres on the farm he has …

MARSHFIELD, Wis. — Dairy farmers often face unique stressors that are not understood by those outside the agricultural community. This can make it difficult for some farmers to feel understood …

Farming at multiple sites

GREEN BAY, Wis. — When expanding at home is not possible, a dairy operation could be grown by adding a second site. Forty-seven dairies in Wisconsin have more than one location, and 26 added a …

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 …

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