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Working together to raise and harvest crops, milk cows, and care for animals has been a tradition for the Hansen family of Hudson, Iowa, for more than 150 years. In order to provide opportunities for the sixth generation of the Hansen family to be involved in the farm, they added several new traditions, including processing milk, ice cream and other products on the farm, opening retail stores and delivering products to stores throughout the area.
Making sure that 2,100 dairy cows are healthy, fed and well-cared-for is a big job. As herd manager for Boadwine Dairy in Baltic, South Dakota, Heidi Selken takes on that responsibility every day. She ensures that the right mix of feed ingredients are delivered, sick cows are monitored and provided appropriate care, cows visit the milking parlor three times each day, and she is able to track each cow’s health and production through the farm’s management software.
For 25 years, Karen Kasper has been dedicated to sharing her family’s farm story with her community, especially school children. From hosting field trips on their farm to taking animals to the local library, and participating in agriculture speaking programs for schools and community groups and a Kasper Dairy Facebook page, she’s always looking for a new opportunity to introduce dairy farming to new audiences.
A dedication to sustainability and energy efficiency is second nature for Jer-Lindy Farms in Brooten, Minnesota. The 258-acre farm uses the most sustainable methods to cultivate corn and alfalfa and provide the best environment for its 200 dairy cows.
Sustainable farming simply means, “Doing the right things — for the environment, our family business and our community,” according to Iowa dairy farmer Marty Burken. “We live and work here, my kids drink the water, breathe the air, and I hope they’re the third generation to tend this land and the animals it sustains.”
Rita Mosset is an avid photographer and started the RJDairy Facebook page to share pictures of family and dairy farm life. Her photos capture farm living year-round from spring rainbows to summer sunsets, to fall harvest and caring for dairy cows in the winter months.
As the calendar turns to a New Year, many of us are thinking about resolutions for better health, finances or career opportunities. However, for dairy farmers like Doug and Julie Heintz, making improvements on their family farm is at the top of their minds all year long.
Merri Post loves recipes, from testing out new ones with family and friends to sharing her favorites with followers on her dairy farm’s Middleroad Acres Facebook page. When she saw a call for recipes for a new dairy cookbook, the first thing that came to mind was a family favorite that celebrates the freshness of dairy ingredients.