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Driven by competition

GRANTON, Wis. — Power, speed and the thrill of accomplishment are what drive 12-year-old Kelcy Jakobi. Since the age of 4, the Clark County youth has found all those things while competing in …

Top Performers

How many times a day do you milk, and what is your current herd average, butterfat and protein? We milk 112 cows and have about 130 cows in total. The herd is almost completely Holstein — we …

Disputed expansion

LEWISTON, Minn. — A judge recently rejected an appeal made by Daley Farms of Lewiston LLP regarding their proposed expansion and variance on the animal unit cap for their property. The …

Working toward his future

STACYVILLE, Iowa — Caleb Brumm has been helping on the farm since he was getting off the bus as a kindergarten student.   “He didn’t spend much time in the house,” …

Fellow farmers step in to help

ST. PETER, Minn. — For the Annexstad family, the despair that came when their dairy barn was destroyed by fire Dec. 5 was quickly replaced with gratitude when a rush of community support …

Statz wins heifer, gains a friend

RICHMOND, Minn. — After seeing Dairy Star’s Great Christmas Giveaway advertised in the paper, Alyssa Statz asked her dad, Jeff, how to register. “If I won that calf, I would …

In the spirit of Christmas

JANESVILLE, Wis. — When it comes to Christmas decorating, the Case family likes to leave no area unlit. Alternating trios of red and white lights line the roof of their house, garage, barn, …

The land is their legacy

ALMA, Wis. — On top of a 500-foot bluff with spectacular views of the Mississippi River, the Noll family manages their 100-cow dairy farm.   Farming on a bluff is an art that has been …

Santa drives a truck, trailer

BIRNAMWOOD, Wis. — When Abby Borchardt’s father hooked up the truck and trailer the morning of Dec. 16, she did not realize she was climbing into her own version of Santa’s sleigh, …

Tell us about yourself and your family. I have two children. My daughter Kelsey is married and lives just west of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They raise beef and crop farm. She has three children: …

Kids Corner: The Gaetzkes

Gabrielle Gaetzke   10 years old Fifth grade When do you do chores, and what chores do you do? I do house chores, feed grain and sometimes milk to the calves, and help with the puppies. We …

FFA: Inside the Emblem Campbellsport

111 members Campbellsport, Wisconsin Fond du Lac County Tell us about your chapter. The Campbellsport FFA Chapter was established in 1940 and has many long-standing traditions. The chapter is …

Tell us about your farm and family. I am the fifth-generation farmer to own and operate my family’s 1,100-cow dairy farm, Second Look Holsteins LLC. Along with my two older sisters, Kalista and …

Making informed decisions

Whether an operation evaluates their cost of production regularly or only when going through a big change, doing so can help a producer assess the financial health of their business, make informed …

Looking closer at fatty liver disease

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — While some diseases in cattle have obvious physical symptoms to help farmers diagnose them, fatty liver disease requires a look inside the cow to be able to accurately …

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Research to find a better solution for fencing managed grazing systems is underway through a collaborative effort between the Dairy Innovation Hub and Chris Wilson, an …

All creatures no matter the size

MARSHFIELD, Wis. — Brittany Schueller has always loved the animals in her life, whether they are the bovines on her family’s dairy farm or the dogs and cats that become the companions …

Selling happiness

LONSDALE, Minn. — One word comes out of the mouths of the pair of owners of Udder Buddies again and again: happiness.   “We want to do something to change the world, and …

Celebrating a legacy

ORTONVILLE, Mich. — This year, Cook’s Farm Dairy in Ortonville is celebrating 90 years in business by offering a new ice cream flavor — Bessie’s Birthday Cake. Bessie is the …

Restoring their dreams

THORP, Wis. — June 13, 2021, had been a normal day for the Cox family, who were doing chores on their dairy goat farm near Thorp.   Dave Cox had just bedded doe pens, and his wife, …

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