November 11, 2023 - Zone 1

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  • November 11, 2023 - Zone 2

    Saturday, November 11

  • Kids Corner: The Eipers

    Saturday, November 11

    Olivia Eipers 10 years old Fifth grade When do you help with chores? Every night.   What is your favorite and least favorite chore? My favorite is doing my chickens probably because I …

  • FFA Inside the Emblem: Goodhue

    Saturday, November 11

    Tell us about your chapter. Goodhue is a small agricultural community surrounded by large ag companies and organizations. This has a big impact on our students’ opportunities and their exposure …

  • FFA Member Profile: Jenna O’Reilly, Treasurer

    Saturday, November 11

    Tell us about your farm and family. I am a fifth-generation dairy farmer at our family-owned dairy farm in Goodhue, Minnesota, called Green Acres. On our farm, we milk 173 cows and have many more …

  • An individual perspective

    Saturday, November 11

    MADISON, Wis. — A confluence of necessity and shared values forms the material of a new book titled “Milked: How an American Crisis Brought Together Midwestern Dairy Farmers and Mexican …

  • Robot or rotary?

    Saturday, November 11

    TILLAMOOK, Ore. — Derrick Josi had blueprints for a new milking facility on his refrigerator for over 10 years before building a rotary parlor in 2022. This fourth-generation farmer wished to …

  • Teen manages herd

    Saturday, November 11

    HOUSTON, Minn. — Dairy goats are woven into the fabric of 16-year-old William Carlson’s life, whether it is doing chores at midnight after a basketball game or singing the goats an opera …

  • Class III milk price drops in October

    Saturday, November 11

    The Federal Reserve will hold interest rates steady for another month, a good sign of the economy, but dairy farmers aren’t out of their financial woes yet. The U.D. Department of Agriculture …

  • A day in the life of the Burkles

    Saturday, November 11

    EARLVILLE, Iowa — Dennis Burkle did not know if his daughter Mindy would return to the farm after college, but she knew she would. Now they share the duties of dairy farming every day.   …

  • A passion for pizza

    Saturday, November 11

    MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Selling more than 100 million pizzas annually under five brands, Palermo’s is a big name in the frozen pizza aisle.   “We have multiple product lines …

  • Broken leg causes stop in streak

    Saturday, November 11

    AUBURNDALE, Wis. — A day away from the farm is one that many farmers may view with both anticipation and apprehension. Alongside the excitement of whatever adventure lies ahead comes the …

  • Easy desserts and such

    Saturday, November 11

    With the holidays just around the corner, I’ve been searching for new desserts to put on the table. I was craving traditional flavors yet wanted to find something the grandkids would like to …

  • Deep fried turkey breast

    Saturday, November 11

    3 pounds turkey breast 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce   Fry magic Garlic powder Seasoning salt Oil Slice turkey breast into ‘fingers’ and leave in …

  • Public-private partnership

    Saturday, November 11

    AVON, Minn. — When the Inflation Reduction Act was passed, a significant amount of funding became available through the Natural Resources Conservation Service earmarked for conservation …

  • From the farm to the page

    Saturday, November 11

    Hello readers. I am Emily Breth, daughter of Jerry and Tammy, and I just recently signed on with Dairy Star as a part-time reporter. Ever since I was young, I have always had a passion for farming, …

  • Time to be thankful

    Saturday, November 11

    Welcome to November. I love fall in general. It’s finally starting to get cooler, and the days are getting shorter. Fall movies and football are just part of what makes fall such a magical …

  • That old house

    Saturday, November 11

    My wife and I have two houses on our farm. It’s not that we’re wealthy; it’s more that I’m a victim of my frugal Norwegian ancestry. My great-grandfather Charlie Sveen …

  • Weaning transitions

    Saturday, November 11

    Most dairy producers now do a great job feeding calves. Colostrum management has improved drastically, and almost everyone feeds some version of an accelerated milk-feeding program. As a result, …

  • Steers in the road

    Saturday, November 11

    “Better slow down a bit. There are cattle on both sides of the road,” I told my brother after we rumbled over a cattle guard and continued down a stretch of paved road in the desert while …

  • Be dairy; we are in this together

    Saturday, November 11

    Recently, the 120th World Dairy Summit, an annual global dairy meeting held by the International Dairy Federation, was held in Chicago for the first time in decades. The IDF is an organization of …

  • A firm foundation

    Saturday, November 11

    DODGEVILLE, Wis. — In the barn at the Toay family’s farm near Dodgeville, there are 74 clean tie stalls waiting for cows to come in for night chores.   A few scattered kernels …

  • Healthy cows, healthy hormones

    Saturday, November 11

    MARSHFIELD, Wis. — Getting cows pregnant is a primary focus on dairy farms, and getting cows into a high-fertility cycle is one way to achieve reproductive success. Megan Lauber, a …

  • Dairy Profile

    Saturday, November 11

    How did you get into farming? Alan’s grandparents, Robert and Anna, moved to the farm in 1942 and purchased the operation a few years later. It was passed on to the next generation, Paul and …

  • Interview with myself

    Saturday, November 11

    I spent the day being interviewed on camera a few weeks back. It was exhausting — thinking deeply about things, answering questions coherently and attempting to limit the number of …

  • Rosalie comes wrapped in ribbons, bows

    Saturday, November 11

    BIRNAMWOOD, Wis. — She will not be arriving in Santa’s sleigh, but the best Christmas gift one lucky young Wisconsinite will receive next month will instead ride in a cattle trailer. That …

  • Building a better environment

    Saturday, November 11

    THORP, Wis. — When composting began at the Organic Waste Connections site in Thorp in 2020, Jeff Sauer had no idea where the venture would take him or how the service would prove to be one so …

  • Maximizing milk

    Saturday, November 11

    MADISON, Wis. — Helping herds maximize their milk production through evaluation of cow comfort indicators, facility design and management measures is the focus of the C.O.W.S. Program from …

  • A dairy farmer Marine

    Saturday, November 11

    ROCHESTER, Minn. — According to the Selective Service System, in 1971, 94,092 men were drafted into the military. That same year, a young dairy farm boy from Rochester, who had never been …

  • Efficiently caring for the future

    Saturday, November 11

    KEWAUNEE, Wis. — Located 3 miles from Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy is the facility where all of the farm’s youngstock are raised. At this specialized site, heifers spend their first year …

  • Fully immersed in dairy

    Saturday, November 11

    N EILLSVILLE, Wis. — When Brian Vine completes his milk route and delivers the load to Grassland Dairy, he often has his youngest daughter Laura with him. While at the plant, he usually sees …

  • A Red & White for Christmas

    Saturday, November 11

    GLENCOE, Minn. — Spots of red and white can be found all around Sunkist Acres were Nate Donnay raises heifer calves that he shares with youth.   Watching a heifer leave Sunkist Acres …

  • Back to work again

    Saturday, November 11

    HUGO, Minn. — When dairy farmer Fran Miron was recovering from triple bypass and aortic valve replacement open-heart surgery, he played a lot of card games with the grandkids, possibly …

  • Global industry gathers on American soil

    Saturday, November 11

    CHICAGO, Ill. — More than 1,200 dairy industry leaders from dozens of countries, including processing experts, dairy farmers, suppliers, government representatives and more, gathered in Chicago …

  • Volatility in butter markets

    Friday, November 10

    Butter prices have moderated after reaching record highs. DairyVisor President Joe Spader said holiday demand has been the biggest support for the market. “There may be a shift in consumer …

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