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More than dairy cows

ALBANY, Minn. — The sound of goats bleating while they roam his farm south of Albany is something that Tyler Gerads has heard for more than a year. Milking is not a foreign concept to …

WATERTOWN, Wis. — The sun was shining, and the wind was blowing when James McManama took to the fields May 1 for the first time this year. Planting corn was the goal for McManama and his …

Measuring to manage

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — As consolidation continues in the dairy industry and herd sizes grow larger, management practices are evolving to include more automation. Producers lean on technology …

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. — Having a source of high-quality replacement heifers dictates the future of dairy farms. Many variables come into play when a producer considers the source of these …

Roping a survivor

BLAIR, Wis. — The Killian family will never forget the day one of their beloved Jersey cows, Lemondrop, fell in the manure pit. Steve and Amanda milk 75 Jerseys and Holsteins on their farm …

Milk flows fresh

ALBANY, Minn. — A crowd of around 30 gathered May 6 in the cafeteria at Albany Area Secondary School in Albany to celebrate the instillation of two milk dispensers.   Present were …

Nitrate reduction

ORONOCO, Minn. — Farmers from across southeast Minnesota gathered to hear about cropping practices and nitrate reduction Feb. 23 at Tony and Michelle Rossman’s farm near Oronoco. The …

BERNADOTTE, Minn. — Some dairy barns are home to 10,000 cows, but Ruth Klossner’s house is home to over 21,000. Klossner was accepted into the Guinness World Records in summer 2015 …

Keys to successful heifers

AMES, Iowa — Raising healthy heifers through organic management practices can present challenges. Larry Tranel, a dairy specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, has …

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Last year, 14,500 guests toured Chaney’s Dairy Barn. People can watch the process of their ice cream being made all the way from milking to milk being processed, …

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. — Getting one extra meal into a cow each day can directly impact production. Encouraging cows to make one more trip to the bunk and maximizing what they eat while at the …

A continuity of excellence

MONONA, Iowa — Detailed name boards hang in the whitewashed tiestall barn at Moondale Farm near Monona. Each board delineates a cow’s lineage and type. “I always had a goal to …

Dairy Profile

How did you get into farming? I was born and raised a dairy farmer. I am the sixth generation on this farm that was homesteaded in 1859. My folks put me on a percentage of the milk check right after …

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach held a series of heifer field days across the state in March.   The field days took place March 26 in Kalona, March …

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Attendees at the Central Plains Dairy Expo March 20 took in a presentation called “Milking Their Way,” which featured three dairy farms from Iowa and Texas. All …

Involvement reaps rewards

SLEEPY EYE, Minn. — Loran and Heidi Sellner, who are active with many community programs, were recognized for their work by being named the 2023 Brown County Farm Family of the Year. Each …

Women in Dairy

Emma Borchardt Watertown,   Wisconsin Dodge County 100 cows Tell us about your farm and family. I work alongside my sister, dad, uncle, grandma and grandpa. Our family farm is a true team …

Dreaming of the Grand Finale

CECIL, Wis. — Tim Busch takes a great deal of pride in the herd of registered Ayrshires he has dedicated his life to breeding and developing.   On May 11, Busch will offer his herd in …

ABBOTSFORD, Wis. — An aging parlor, a lack of reliable labor and a desire for flexibility in their workday led the Dukelow family to embrace the transition to a robotic milking system on their …

JUDA, Wis. — Mike McCullough had 16 head of cattle when he left home in 1973 to start farming with his wife, Marcy. Renting a farm in Illinois, it was only a matter of time until they would …

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