Agriculture Archives for 2016-12

Kewaunee County Farm Takes Food From Cows To Countertop


By Tim Kowols




With cheese consumption on the rise nationwide according to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, a Kewaunee County farm is using his operation as an outlet for people to learn more about where their food comes from. Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy in Kewaunee began producing cheese in its on-site plant just over a year ago with milk that comes straight from the parlor next door. In addition to the beef cattle his farm raises for a variety of different products, owner John Pagel says the production of their farmstead cheese shows what it takes to go from the cows to the countertop.

 



 

According to the USDA, farmstead cheese is growing faster than any other category in Wisconsin, accounting for more than 20 percent of the state's production.

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Walking Strong: Digital Dermatitis Seminar Offered in Kewaunee County


By Aerica Bjurstrom




When it comes to health issues on a dairy farm, lameness is usually a main concern along with mastitis and reproductive issues. Lameness includes any abnormality which causes a cow to change the way she walks. It can be caused by a range of foot and leg conditions including foot rot, digital dermatitis, laminitis, and claw disease. Lameness can be influenced by nutrition, disease, genetic influences, management, and environmental factors.

 

Not only does lameness cause pain and distress for dairy cattle, but it also has a large economic impact on the dairy operation.

 

A seminar on digital dermatitis (hairy heel warts), one of the most common foot diseases of the dairy cow, is being offered on Wednesday, January 18, from 10:00AM to 12:00 noon at the Kewaunee County Fair Grounds, 625 3 rd St, Luxemburg.

 

Presenter Dr. Dorte Dopfer from the UW-School of Veterinary Medicine will share effective practices to manage and reduce the spread of digital dermatitis within the herd. Dr. Dopfer is a leading authority on dairy cattle hoof health.

 

Aerica Bjurstrom, UW-Extension Kewaunee County Agriculture Agent will present field survey results of the prevalence of digital dermatitis on Eastern WI farms, and the practices farms are using to manage the disease.

 

There is no fee for this program, although pre-registration is encouraged by January 16 to ensure materials and refreshments. To register, or for more information, please contact Aerica Bjurstrom at aerica.bjurstrom@uwex.edu or 920-388- 7138.

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Hall Of Fame Collector Heads Up Farm Technology Days Toy Commitee


By Tim Kowols




When it came to developing the commemorative toy for the 2017 Farm Technology Days, Kewaunee County turned to its hall of famer. Dale Swoboda of Two Rivers was inducted into the National Farm Toy Hall of Fame in 2014 after 60 years of collecting model farm implements and working with companies on what to develop next. Swoboda says there were multiple reasons why his commemorative toy committee chose the Gehl 800 Forage Harvester, produced from 1975-1985 but never as a model.

 



 

The limited edition commemorative toys have been a part of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days celebrations since 1994. You can see the toy and a video featuring Swoboda and the Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days on July 11-13 online with this story.

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Peninsula Pride Farms Plant 4,000 Additional Cover Crops During Challenge


By Tim Kowols




The snow may be covering it up now, but a contest among Peninsula Pride farmers is looking to do more to address soil and water quality in the region. Through a cost share opportunity for its members earlier in the fall, Peninsula Pride Farms challenged farmers to plant crops for the winter after it was finished harvesting for the year. Peninsula Pride Farms president Don Niles says 4,000 additional acres were planted in addition to other farms' cover crop strategies as a part of the challenge and believes it will help farmers do their jobs better.

 



 

Cover crops usually include grasses, legumes, and small grains that are planted during off-season production that can help prevent soil erosion and reduce phosphorus loss. According to Peninsula Pride Farms conservation resource manager Dennis Frame, fields with cover crops experienced 55 percent less water runoff and 50 percent less soil loss than land that was uncovered.

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Trend In Milk Prices Providing Hope For Dairy Farmers


By Tim Kowols




The futures markets are giving dairy farmers hope for the New Year. Oversupply and the growth of plant-based milk alternatives have caused dairy farmers see the cost of the product drop dramatically from record highs just a few years ago. With cheese consumption in the United States reaching record highs in 2015 according to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Rich Olson from Olson Family Farms in Sturgeon Bay remains optimistic that things will turn around for the industry.

 



 

Milk prices have shown an increase in just the past month with both Class I (fluid milk) and Class III (cheese) milk prices up nearly two dollars per hundredweight.

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Dairy Just Part Of The Overall Focus Of Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days


By Tim Kowols




Even though dairy will be on full display during the three-day event, the Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days in July will also shine a light on the area's other agricultural attributes. From Christmas tree farms to the orchards of wineries, there is more diversity in the agriculture-related products produced in Kewaunee County than people realize. Terilynn Hastreiter from Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days says they have been working hard to make sure no one is left out.

 



 

Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days will run from July 11-13 at Ebert Enterprises in Algoma. Hastreiter says the committee is actively looking for exhibitors and volunteers to help make the event a big success. You can see a video previewing the show online with this story.

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Environmental Advocates Concerned With DNR Staffing


By Tim Kowols




A Department of Natural Resources plan to allow private consultants of farmers and business owners to play a bigger role in the permitting process has some environmental advocates on high alert. Budget cuts and staffing shortages has forced the DNR to rely on the private consultants to provide the technical information needed to write the final permits after going through assurance programs. Dean Hoegger from the Clean Water Action Council of Northeast Wisconsin says there is a lot of reason for concern.

 



 

Farmers call the move a good idea, saying the DNR will still retain the oversight it needs to be effective.

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DNR To Rely On Private Consultant Help On Environmental Permitting


By Tim Kowols




The Department of Natural Resources will rely more on private consultants when it comes to environmental permitting, including how large farms handle their manure. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the DNR will still write the final permits but rely heavily on consultants hired by farmers and business owners for accurate information based on assurance programs.

 

Based on the recent cuts to the DNR's budget and workforce, Peninsula Pride Farms president Don Niles says this plan will allow the department to do their core function and place some more responsibility on the farmer as well.

 



 

The news comes months after the state's Natural Resources Board voted to hire additional personnel to keep a closer eye on Wisconsin's large livestock farms while cutting the DNR's budget by two percent.

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