Brown Swiss enthusiasts gather

MADISON, Wis. – After being delayed two years by the coronavirus pandemic, Brown Swiss breeders and enthusiasts from around the world gathered Oct. 1-5 in Madison for the 11th annual World Brown Swiss Conference.

A day in the life of the Ransom Family

AVALON, Wis. – At the Ransom farm, cows and mechanics are a side-by-side passion. John Ransom tends to the herd while his son, Tyler, runs the on-farm repair shop.

A shining new beginning

GLENCOE, Minn. – They may be small, but they made an impact on a Minnesota farm family.

Dairyman leads farm safety effort

ORANGEVILLE, Ill. – Mark Baker begins and ends his days with cows.

Creamery business gives back

CHANHASSEN, Minn. – A group of 15 employees from Bongards spent several hours assembling and packing food boxes Sept. 20 for the nonprofit organization, Feed My Starving Children.

Dairy Profile

Stephanie Hughes (Pictured with husband, Alan, and sons, Bryce, Gavin and Derek) Sunsett Dairy Pittsville, Wisconsin Wood County 65 cows How did you get into farming? My husband and I began renting …

Showing all the way to the top

HUTCHISON, Minn. – Shock and pure excitement washed over Hannah Visser at this year’s World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin.

Women in Dairy: Lorilee Schultz

Lorilee Schultz Orangeville, Illinois Stephenson County 55 cows Family: My partner Chris and daughter Lucy. Aside from helping on the agronomy side, Chris is busy with his own farm, custom spraying …

Gibbs sisters fit their way to success

MADISON, Wis. – The World Dairy Expo Youth Fitting Contest was held Oct. 2. in Madison, with 78 youth from the United States, Canada and Denmark competing. Jamie Gibbs, of Rollingstone, Minnesota, placed second in the senior female division. Lindsey Gibbs, also of Rollingstone, placed fourth in the intermediate female division.

A change of plans

BROWERVILLE, Minn. – Alicia Thurk Hiebert and Jared Hiebert had resigned themselves to not having children, but then the unexpected happened.

Growing for the next generation

VALDERS, Wis. – After milking 100 cows three times a day for 30 years in a stanchion barn, the Gries family was ready for a change.

MADISON, Wis. – During the final moments of the 55th World Dairy Expo in Madison, spotlights shone on two Jerseys that stood out above the rest.

Life in the great outdoors

OSSEO, Wis. – Ryan Nordahl has turned his love of hunting whitetail deer into a full-time business.

Breeding Profile

John Schaller Morning Star Dairy Onalaska, Wisconsin 500 cows Describe your facilities and list your breeding management team. Our cows are milked in a double-10 parallel parlor that we built three …

A comparison of parlors

WEST BEND, Wis. – When the Roden family fired up their rotary parlor for its first milking March 8, they did not anticipate how quickly cows would adjust to a different system. By the fourth …

More cheese, please

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – Rusty Mitch is not a dairy farmer, but his connection to the dairy industry is strong.

Hurricane Ian devastates dairy

MYAKKA CITY, Fla. – Every day, for five days, Jerry Dakin walked his property through the mud and debris left by Hurricane Ian to pick up deceased animals. He continues to gather pieces of …

Four brothers carry farm forward

WATERVILLE, Minn. – Wayne, Gordon, Ron and Keith Saemrow grew up working side by side on the family farm, and today, the four brothers continue to be in partnership together. “It’s …

Staying true to their vision

ADELL, Wis. – The Kohlweys are careful planners who never build on a whim. With an eye on the future, their choices are deliberate and made in a way that will lead the family successfully into …

Footloose takes center stage

MADISON, Wis. – For the past 52 years, only one cow is etched in the annals of dairy cattle history as the reigning World Dairy Expo Supreme Champion. The cow to accomplish the feat at the 2022 …

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