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MARSHFIELD, Wis. — For nearly 50 years, Melody Gardens Restaurant and Skateland has entertained citizens of Marshfield. Melody Gardens, owned by Margie and Dennis Schmidt, was opened in …

Communicating as leaders

HUTCHINSON, Minn. — Dairy women across west central Minnesota united Feb. 1 for fellowship and to hear keynote speaker Kristy Pagel present at “Women in Dairy: Five Forms of …

Kids Corner: tha Maassen Family

Seth Maassen 17 years old Junior When do you do chores? I mostly do chores on weekends. What is your favorite and least favorite chore? My favorite job is driving a tractor. My least …

299 members Sleepy Eye, Minnesota Brown County Tell us about your chapter.  The Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter is an affiliated chapter. Every student enrolled in an agricultural class is also …

Tell us about your farm and family. My parents are Mark and Lisa Portner. My family’s farm is Port-Haven Dairy. It is owned by my uncle and my dad. We milk around 250 Brown Swiss cows and have …

Sweating the small stuff

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. — As margins continue to be tight on dairy farms, farmers may look for ways to increase efficiency and strive to keep losses at a minimum. Feed shrink and waste can …

From milk to vodka, gin

KNOWLTON, Wis. — When one thinks of Wisconsin and milk processing, there is a good chance cheese is the first thing that may come to mind. What might not come to mind, however, is vodka or gin. …

Disappearing cattle

PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — A frozen lake, a foot of snow and 18 missing heifers perplexed Dana Johnson in January 2023. “The first time the heifers got out, it was either late at night …

Finding the right fit

LONG PRAIRIE, Minn. — A lot of options exist when choosing a robotic milking system.   The Clasemanns discovered that finding the right setup and personalizing it takes time and …

Generations of Jerseys

DROUIN WEST, Australia — At Kings Ville Jerseys are cows whose genetics can be traced to a cow that came to Australia aboard a ship from England. Rob and Kerrie Anderson and their …

BELLEVUE, Iowa — The calendar read as if spring should have arrived, but April 3 looked more like winter, with strong winds and several inches of snow. David and Karter Kilburg’s …

Goats for every generation

PORTAGE, Wis. — Tom Considine grew up with goats and so have all 10 of his children. Keeping the dairy in the family has been important to every Considine generation. “We need to …

Their Holstein family

ELLSWORTH, Minn. — Matt Timmer has devoted more than 20 years of his life to breeding Holstein cows. And recently, his and his family’s dedication to their herd’s genetics has …

HOFFMAN, Minn. — For 49 years, rope halter and sleeve at his side, veterinarian Gregg Sonstegard has been helping farmers and animals alike. Though technology has changed, Sonstegard’s …

Women in Dairy: Nicole Baker

Nicole Baker Davis, Illinois Stephenson County 80 cows Tell us about your family and farm. My husband, Shelby, and I and our daughter, Kinzia, own and operate Crazy Daze Dairy near Davis, …

Dairy kids part of winning team

LAKE CITY, Minn. — The Lake City boys basketball team found success on the court, taking second place in the Minnesota Class AA state tournament. Centers Rylee Fick and Connor Burgeson are …

A farm for a new generation

SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. — A new chapter has begun at the Wilterdink farm, and it is a moment that Eli Wilterdink has been working toward for a long time. To achieve his goals, Eli’s …

Encouraging engagement

MERRILLAN, Wis. — With a desire to increase engagement in activities of the Clark County Holstein Breeders Association, Joe Meyer took a page from the book of his Canadian counterparts and …

Dairy Profile

How did you get into farming? I was born into it.

Creating their own progress

REEDSBURG, Wis. — Kinnamon Ridge Dairy has seen a lot of upgrades since the first generation of Whites began dairying in the 1950s with 30 wooden stanchions. Ryan and Nate White manage to …

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