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It’s all inside... Woodside Farm nds niche making ice cream Pages 14 - 15 Second Section

Women in Jeans: Karen Gorentz

Klaphake women manage robotic dairy farm

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MDA district meeting sheds light on checkoff dollars Pages 36 - 37

Sorge shares prevention practices for Johnes Disease at MN Organic Conference Page 4 Second Section

Niehoffs make time for the cows, family Pages 8 - 9 Second Section

Kids Corner: the Gertkens Pages 38 - 39

Balzer uses on-farm metal objects to make life-size bovines

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Bertram donates kidney to brother Pages 8 - 9

Plainview family named 2013 Olmsted County Farm Family of the Year


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Teamwork, genetics is force behind high production at Thistle Dew Dairy


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Albany St. Cloud Dairy’s Star Youth: Shawn Johnson

Spring Hill Richmond

Energy efciency a hot topic at 9th Annual I-29 Dairy Conference

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On the Mark

Plainview Winona

Sioux Falls

Contents FIRST SECTION Pages 1, 5 Challenging crop year impacting farms Pages 12 - 13 Making hooves a priority Page 15 Minnesota cow numbers are holding steady Page 16 From Our Side of the Fence Pages 22 - 23 Dairy exports continue to rise in MN, nation Page 25 On the Road with Princess Kay Page 26 FSA News & Notes Page 28 Increase bedding use for calves in cold weather Page 29 Fresh cow milk fat to protein ratio can be used to identify cows experiencing ketosis Page 31


SECOND SECTION Pages 3, 6 Houston Co. hosts dairy night at high school basketball game Page 5 Dairy in the Suburbs Page 9 Making Cents of Dairy Page 10 The “Mielke” Market Weekly Page 11 Dairy Markets Page 12 Iowa hay auction results Page 17 Mid-American Hay Auction Results Page 22 Dairy Recipes THIRD SECTION Pages 9 - 10 Dairy Calendar Pages 13 - 14 Some Udder Stuff Pages 14- 19 Classieds

Challenging crop year impacting farms


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Columnists Ag Insider Pages 6-7

Just Thinking Out Loud

Nutritionist Pages 34-35

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The Next Generation Page 33

Getting Kerry’d Away

Dear County Agent Guy

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Continued from AG INSIDER | Page 6 fairly unlikely the Tea Party Republicans are going to vote for that small of a cut, in their viewpoint, on food stamps. So, it’s going to require quite a few Democrats to get it done.” The nal bill is expected to include cuts in SNAP funding of $8 to $10 billion. The House farm bill version sought cuts closer to $40 billion. Immigration reform addressed at Farm Bureau Convention During the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting, delegates voted to drop the word “amnesty” from their language on immigration reform. The AFBF also said the country must confront the problem of illegal immigration. Bob Stallman, who was re-elected to his eighth two-year term as president, said delegates want Congress to nish unnished legislation, agricultural labor reform. Milk output and price The USDA supply/demand report raised the estimate for 2014 milk production, compared to one month ago. The forecast was changed due to an anticipated improvement in protability and an expected increase in per-cow production. Exports are expected to increase with strong demand for cheese and other dairy products. The Class III milk price was increased with the bump in cheese prices. The all-milk price is forecast at $20.60 to $21.40 per hundredweight for the year ahead. SD legislature to discuss felony animal cruelty law South Dakota’s legislative session is underway. House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Representative Charlie Hoffman of Eureka said they will look at felony animal cruelty legislation this year. “It will be enforcing and clarifying what actual animal cruelty is. We’re going to be taking control of it and, I’m hoping, pass a bill so that we don’t have outside forces coming into our state, putting together resolutions, putting them on the ballot and getting people really confused about what is happening in terms of law enforcement and our role in making bad actors pay in terms of doing horrible things to animals.” Hoffman said proposed legislation was written by some of the state’s ag groups, not brought in from out-of-state. South Dakota is the only state left in the U.S. without felony animal cruelty legislation on the books.

McDonald’s to source ‘sustainable’ beef In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint, McDonald’s plans to purchase veriable sustainable beef. To draft the management principles for sustainable beef, the quick serve restaurant chain plans to work with Cargill, JBS, the World Wildlife Fund and others. BeefGen deal Neogen Corporation has announced that it has licensed patents owned by Cargill, Inc. and Branhaven LLC. The technology, known as BeefGen, identies key genomic tools to improve both meat and milk production. AgriGrowth elects new ofcer team The Minnesota AgriGrowth Council has elected a new slate of ofcers. The new chair is Steve Peterson of General Mills. Pat Lunemann, who represents the Minnesota Milk Producers Association on the AgriGrowth board, is vice chair. The secretary is Jim Winter of Ecolab and the treasurer is Mark Jirik of Cargill. Gebhart named to YF&R Committee A Meadow, S.D. rancher is the new vice chair of the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer and Rancher Committee. Travis Gebhart was elected during the Farm Bureau Convention in San Antonio. Gebhart’s goal with the Young Farmer and Rancher Committee is to improve membership involvement. Sweet 16 Lucas Sjostrom nished in the top 16 in the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer and Rancher Discussion Meet. Sjostrom is part of the JerLindy dairy operation at Brooten, Minn. and a graduate student at the University of Minnesota. Trivia Challenge House Speaker John Boehner’s congressional district is located in the state of Ohio. That answers our last trivia question. For this edition, what former Food Network personality was known for her frequent use of butter? We’ll have the answer in the next edition of Dairy Star. Don Wick is a partner and broadcaster for the Red River Farm Network, based in Grand Forks, N.D. He was the 2004 National Farm Broadcaster of the Year. Don and his wife, Kolleen, have two adult sons, Tony and Sam, and two grandchildren, Aiden and Piper. Don Wick can be reached at

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