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USED EQUIPMENT SAUK CENTRE TRACTORS

NEW! NH TS6.140. ..........................In Stock NEW! NH T8.330 ..............................In Stock NEW! NH T8.360. .............................In Stock NEW! NH T9.560. .............................In Stock NEW! NH Boomer 35, FWA, Hydro, Loader ...................................... In Stock NEW! NH Boomer 50, FWA, Shuttle F/R Trans, Loader ..................... In Stock NH T6020 Elite, super steer, 2000 hrs., sharp ................... Coming In NH T8040, 305 HP, 1875 hrs., front susp., front duals, front/rear weights, all new rubber, auto guidance.............$164,500

SKID LOADERS

NH L175, 2000# lift, cab, heat, 350 hrs., 12.00x16.5 tires ....................... $34,500 New L230, 3000# lift, cab/heat/ac, 2 spd. ....................................... In Stock NH L175, 2000# lift, cab, AC, heat, SOLD 12.00x16.5 tires ..........................Just In 2) NH LS170, 1750# lift ................Just In

NEW T6 SERIES TRACTORS:

THE POWER YOU NEED FOR THE WORK YOU DO NEW T6 Series tractors from New Holland are packed with the power, operator convenience and flexibility to master the multiple jobs you face. Six models from 90 to 120 PTO hp are powered by clean-running engines with ECOBlue™ SCR technology that reduce fuel use by a minimum of 10%*. Whether it’s heavy loader work, rugged row-crop field work, haymaking or roadside mowing, T6 Series tractors respond with reliable performance and power you need to match the job at hand. UP TO 25 ADDED HP WHEN NEEDED WITH STANDARD ENGINE BOOST MANAGE HIGH HYDRAULIC FLOW DEMANDS WITH UP TO 26 GPM HANDLE HEAVY IMPLEMENTS WITH UP TO 13,460-LB 3-POINT LIFT CAPACITY LIFT HEAVY LOADS WITH UP TO 5,720-LB LOADER LIFT CAPACITY

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*When compared to New Holland T6000 Series (Tier 3) tractors. © 2012 CNH America LLC. New Holland is a registered trademark of CNH America LLC.

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SAUK CENTRE, MN

320-352-6543 • Hwy. 71 South Store Hours: Monday-Friday 8-5, Saturday Seasonal

PIERZ, MN

(formerly Morrison County Tractor & Equipment Inc.)

320-468-2161 Hwy. 27 West

AUGERS

WE SELL WESTFIELD AUGERS Farm King 8x56............................ $2,500 Westfield MK 12x111 w/”flex” hopper option, like new, consigned ...... $28,500

CONSIGNED

Parker 450 grain cart ................... $5,500

TILLAGE

New - Salford 7206, 6 bottom, on-land, coulters ...................... In Stock New - Salford 9811 19’ HD disc ripper ................................ In Stock JD 512 9 shank disc ripper ........ $27,500 Kent Discovator, 22’, red, 5 bar spike harrow....................................$4,950 Wilrich 3400 FC, 36’, 4 bar coil harrow, consigned ........................ $11,250

HAY

Agco 2846A 4x6, Silage Special . Coming In NH 1411, 1000 RPM, std. hitch Coming In NH 1411, 1000 RPM, std. hitch, nice........................ Coming In NH BR780, 5x6, 1000 RPM, net wrap, no stalks, nice ...................... Coming In NH 1475, 14’ HS head, low acres, shedded, like new..................... $17,900 NH BR740A, 4x5, wide pickup, twine/net, nice .......................... $19,500 NH 1431 13’ discbine, drawbar swivel hitch .............................. $22,900 CIH 8370, 14’, 540 PTO ............... $2,500 NH BR7070, roto cut, 4x6 bale, roller wind guard, rubber teeth, clean $28,500 NH 644, 4x5, auto wrap, 1 owner, sharp ........................................ $10,900 NH 590 3x3, preser., consigned . $34,500 NH 565 small sq. baler, 72 belt thrower, NICE, low bales, consigned...... $10,900 Massey Ferguson 124 small sq. baler, above avg. .................................. $2,500 Sitrex RP2, 3 pt., 2 wheel windrow turner ............................... $450 Pro Quality hay basket, 105 bales $2,650

PIERZ

TRACTORS

New T6.160, cab, FWA ............... In Stock NH T8.275, FWA, cab, suspension............................... In Stock LD IH 1586, cab, AC,SO 20.8x38 duals $11,450 NH TC35DA, FWA, SS, hydro, cab, ldr., 35 HP ................................ $19,600 JD 2955, 2WD, open station, 18.4x38, 540/1000 pto, 2 remotes, clean $15,800 CIH Farmall 55A w/ldr., 460 hrs................................. Coming In

SKID LOADERS

NH L230, 3000#, cab/heat/AC, air seat, 2 spd., boom ride control ......... In Stock NH L175, 2 spd., hi-flow, cab, ht. ..................................... $18,900 NH L170, cab, ht., 1900 hrs. ...... $21,500 NH LS150, 1350# lift, cab/heat, hand controls .................................... $12,500 LD cab/heat .....Just In NH LX665, 1700# SOlift, Bobcat S205, cab, ht./ac ............ $18,500

BALERS

NH BB940, 3x3, applicator, single axle ............................ Coming In NH BR7090, net, twine, XS, 5x6 . $24,800 NH BR780A, auto wrap, XS, 5x6 $18,500 NH BR780A, net, twine, 5x6 ....... $19,500 NH BR7070, net, twine, XS, 4x6 . $24,800 NH 678, 5x5, auto wrap, crowder wheels ........................ $11,500 NH 654, net, twine, wide PU, 4x6 ............................ $11,500 NH BR780A, net, twine, XS ........ $22,700 NH BR780A, AW, ex. sweep PU, 5x6 ........................................... $18,500 NH BR780, 5x6, auto. wrap, std. pickup ............................... $14,900 NH BR 740, 4x5, auto. wrap, wide pickup .............................. $14,000 NH 565 sq. baler, thrower............. $7,800 Vermeer 554XL, twine, accu., 4x5 $9,800 JD 535, wide pickup, bale eject .... $8,200

HAY TOOLS

CIH DCX91, 10’ disc SOLDmower... Coming In NH 1441 discbine, 15’, swivel .... $13,000 NH 1465, 9’, 2005 model, hyd. swing................................ $11,900 NH 1475 haybine, 14’, 2300 HDR ................................ $10,500 NH 499 haybine, 12’, swing ......... $6,800 NH 499 haybine, 12’, swing ......... $3,500 JD 820, 9’ sickle........................... $6,800 NH 1038 bale wagon, 105 bales... $7,900

SPREADERS

Gehl 1410 (NH 195), 410 bu. upper beater, endgate ................. $7,500 NH 195, 410 bu., upper beater, endgate .................................... $12,600 NH 185, 287 bu., hyd. drive, endgate ...................................... $7,900 New NH M2080, 353cu. ft. ......... In Stock New NH Hydra Box 550V, vert. beater, 442 cu. ft. .............. In Stock

TILLAGE

New Salford 7206 plow, 6 bottom, on land, coulters ...................... In Stock JD 215 tandem disc, 15’, 22” blades, dual wheels ................................ $5,500

WE SELL REINKE CENTER PIVOT IRRIGATION

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320-468-2161 Pierz, MN

EXPERIENCE SALFORD S-Tine & C-Shank Cultivators - Models from 12’ to 62’ Strength, durability and performance... Are standard features on Salford field cultivators. Hydraulic self leveling frames, and fine adjust single point depth control are standard features. Capped, all tubular steel frames add to the strength of the machine. Fewer hinge points greatly reduce wear on Salford cultivators lowering maintenance costs over the life of these durable machines.

8200 Tandem flex-trail plow

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Every Salford plow uses durable frames with 8”x8” main beams that are built to last. The industry leading under frame and fore-aft clearance means your Salford plow is almost impossible to plug, keeping you in the drivers seat to cover more acres per hour.

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Kuhn Knight Vertical Maxx VSL 150, #2531

Kuhn Knight Vertical Maxx VT 180, #2594

Patz V270, #2547

Patz V350, #2569

Patz V420LP, #2538

Patz V420LP, #2511

Patz V500, #2592

Patz V950, #2458

New Vertical Mixers

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**ATTENTION VERTICAL MIXER OWNERS** HAVE YOU SERVICED YOUR PLANETARY GEAR BOX LATELY? LET US HELP PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT WITH OUR “ON THE FARM SERVICE”!

Jaylor VC4405, #2534 $26,800

Kuhn Knight Vertical Maxx 5135, #2422 - $17,500

Kuhn Knight Vertical Maxx 5144, #2490 - $24,900

Patz V420LP, #2430 $27,200

Patz V420LP, #2040 $23,800

Patz V420LP, #2541 $27,200

Patz V500, #2525 $31,900

Patz V500, #2529 $22,900

Patz V500, #2468 $24,900

Patz V500, #2491 $29,900

Patz V620, #2467 $32,900

Trioliet Solomix 2-2000 VLH, #2377 - $28,900

Trioliet Solomix 2000 VLC H, #2321 - $17,400

Gehl 8335, #2587 $8,700

Knight Mini Auggie, #2535 - $1,800

Knight Reel Auggie 3036, #2582 - $14,900

Knight Reel Auggie 3300, #1666 - $6,900

Kuhn Knight Commercial Reel 3160, #2404 - $26,800

LuckNow 300, #2027 $3,800

Office: (608)348-9401 or Toll Free: 1(888)BUY-PATZ www.steinhartsfarmservice.com

Knight Reel Auggie 2450, #2418 - $7,900

LuckNow 425, #2312 $10,900

Oswalt 250, #2524 $7,900

LuckNow 2420, #2500 $23,500

Rotomix 354-12, #2432 $9,500

Salesman: Tony Steinhart (608)778-3491 or Joe Ryan (608)778-2900

Used Vertical Mixers

Jaylor 4575, #2492 $28,900

Used Horizontal Mixers

Used Horizontal Mixers

Used Vertical Mixers

Joe is our trained service technician who travels the area performing complete maintenance of your new or used vertical TMR mixer. It ranges from changing the planetary oil to calibrating your scale system. Give him a call today to schedule an appointment! Joe Eagan (608)778-2433 or call our office at (608)348-9401


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“... recover faster from freshening.” — Bill Haak

BILL AND DELIA HAAK, Gentry, ARKANSAS 2010 Arkansas Farm Family of the Year 100-cow grazing dairy 125,000 SCC average “When something works, I stick with it. That’s the kind of great experience I’ve had with Udder Comfort™. Our SCC average has been 125,000, what more can I say?” notes Bill Haak about his 100-cow grazing dairy and diversified farm near Gentry, Arkansas. Haak’s dairy roots go back to boyhood on his late father’s Arizona dairy and generations earlier in Holland. As the 2010 Arkansas Farmer of the Year, Haak is an innovator. “I was first in our area to start using Udder Comfort 5 or 6 years ago. I kept reading about it, but I was skeptical,” he recalls. “I bought some to try on a cow with flakes in her milk. On the third day, the difference was nightand-day. By being faithful to see that it gets applied after each milking for 3 to 4 days, we see good results.

“We also have less stress because it can be used without a milk withhold. “Udder Comfort is great for fresh cows with swelling. We put it on and edema is gone. Cows become comfortable and recover faster from freshening. “When a cow feels better, she eats better, milks better and does better.”

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Keep the milk in the system 1.888.773.7153 1.613.652.9086 uddercomfort.com Call to locate a distributor near you. For external application to the udder only after milking, as an essential component of udder management. Always wash and dry teats thoroughly before milking.


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Case IH 4300, 39.5’ field cult, ‘99.................$14,900 Case IH 4300, 50’ field cult, ‘07....................$19,900 JD 960, FC, 30’, 3-bar, ‘91.............................$14,900 JD 980, FC, 28.5’, 3-bar, ‘01..........................$19,900 JD 980, FC, 31.6’, 3-bar, ‘04..........................$28,500 JD 980, FC, 44.5’, ‘98....................................$16,900 JD 980, FC, 44.5’, ‘98....................................$22,500 JD 980, FC, 44.5’, ‘00....................................$24,900 JD 985, FC, 49.5’...........................................$20,900 JD 2210, FC, 34.5’, 4-bar, ‘05........................$33,500 JD 2210, FC, 41.5’, 4-bar, ‘11........................$44,000 JD 2210, FC, 41.5’, 4-bar, ‘12........................$47,000 JD 2210, FC, 45.5’, 4-bar, ‘05........................$44,000 JD 2210, FC, 47.5’, 4-bar, ‘12........................$77,000 JD 2210, FC, 50.6’, 4-bar, ‘09........................$60,000 JD 2210, FC, 54.6, 4-bar, ‘09........................$64,000 JD 2210, FC, 55.5’, ‘09..................................$72,000 JD 2210, FC, 55.5’, 2-bar, ‘09........................$74,000 JD 2210, FC, 60.5’, 4-bar, ‘12........................$83,000 JD 724, mulch finisher, 30’, ‘98....................$14,900 JD 726, mulch finisher, 30’, ‘98....................$26,900 JD 726, mulch finisher, 30’ 9”, ‘06................$37,500 JD 726, mulch finisher, 33’, ‘97....................$29,000 JD 726, mulch finisher, 38’, ‘05....................$33,500

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NH BR7070 rd baler, ‘09.............................. 28,000 JD 458, rd baler, ‘09......................................$25,000 JD 467, rd baler, ‘06......................................$22,000 JD 468, rd baler, ‘11......................................$29,500 JD 468, rd baler, ‘12......................................$29,900 JD 468S, rd baler, ‘09....................................$24,000 JD 468S, rd baler, ‘12....................................$33,000 JD 568, rd baler, ‘11......................................$35,900 JD 568, rd baler, ‘11......................................$38,000 JD 568, rd baler, ‘12......................................$39,900 JD 568, rd baler, ‘12......................................$40,500 JD 854, rd baler, ‘10......................................$28,500 JD 4995, windrower, ‘04, 14.5’ hd................$73,000 NH H8080, windrower, ‘11, 16’ hd..............$101,000 Meyer 4220, forage box, 20.5’......................$19,800 Meyer 4220-V, forage box, 20.5’..................$21,900 Meyer 6224-V, forage box, 24.5’..................$29,500 JD 735 MoCo, imp, ‘05.................................$20,350 JD 946 MoCo, rolls, ‘11................................$29,800 $

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JD 4560, 2WD, 4,716 hrs, 1983...................$58,500 JD 7400, MFWD w/ ldr, 7,500 hrs, 1994.......$46,900 JD 7410, MFWD, 7,639 hrs, 1997................$46,000 JD 7420, MFWD, IVT, 5,500 hrs, 2003.........$67,000 JD 7420, 2WD, 1,268 hrs, 2007...................$72,500 JD 7810, MFWD, 2,125 hrs, 1997................$92,500 JD 7230, MFWD, 1,760 hrs, 2009................$69,500 JD 7230, 2WD, 250 hrs, 2010......................$83,000 JD 7330, MFWD w/ ldr, 1,750 hrs, 2008.....$104,900 JD 7330, MFWD, 160 hrs, 2012.................$122,000 JD 7200R, MFWD, 150 hrs, 2011...............$152,500 JD 7230R, MFWD, IVT, TLS, 300 hrs, 2012$200,000 JD 7260R, MFWD, IVT, TLS, 171 hrs, 2012$192,500 JD 8120, MFWD, 3,340 hrs, 2002..............$122,000 JD 8130, MFWD, 3,200 hrs, 2007..............$133,000 JD 8230, MFWD, 2,000 hrs, 2008..............$154,000 JD 8320, MFWD, 4,135 hrs, 2002..............$122,500 JD 8420, 4,423 hrs, 2004...........................$146,500 JD 8225R, MFWD, 500 hrs, 2010...............$176,000 JD 8235R, MFWD, 112 hrs, 2012...............$175,000 JD 8235R, MFWD, IVT, 500 hrs, 2012........$202,000 JD 8245R, MFWD, 1,200 hrs, 2010............$167,000 JD 8245R, MFWD, 1,000 hrs, 2010............$167,000 JD 8260R, MFWD, 737 hrs, 2012...............$180,000 JD 8270R, MFWD, 1,250 hrs, 2010............$178,000

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JD 8270R, MFWD, IVT, 2,178 hrs, 2010.....$179,000 JD 8285R, MFWD, 31 hrs, 2012.................$215,000 JD 8285R, MFWD, IVT, ILS, 351 hrs, 2012 $224,500 JD 8295RT , 1,350 hrs, 2010......................$212,000 JD 8310R, MFWD, ILS, 462 hrs, 2012.......$229,000 JD 8310R, MFWD, ILS, 668 hrs, 2012.......$230,000 JD 8310R, MFWD, ILS, IVT, 283 hrs, 2012 $246,500 JD 8310RT, 800 hrs, 2011..........................$225,000 JD 8335R, MFWD, ILS, 478 hrs, 2012.......$238,750 JD 8335R, MFWD, IVT, ILS, 309 hrs, 2012 $265,000 JD 8345R, MFWD, IVT, ILS, 1,300 hrs, 2010$250,000 JD 8345R, MFWD, IVT, ILS, 852 hrs, 2010 $265,000 JD 8360RT, IVT, 702 hrs, 2012...................$275,000

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Ford 9280 , 4,832 hrs, 1994.........................$55,000 JD 8560, 4,670 hrs, 1989.............................$46,500 JD 8650, 6,480 hrs, 1983.............................$29,500 JD 8760, 5,400 hrs, 1992.............................$61,900 JD 8760, 5,337 hrs, 1992.............................$63,500 JD 8970, 6,900 hrs, 1993.............................$73,500 JD 9200, 6,105 hrs, 1998.............................$86,000 JD 9220, 2,600 hrs, 2004...........................$152,500 JD 9230, 1,325 hrs, 2008...........................$195,000 JD 9330, 647 hrs, 2011..............................$255,000 Steiger 350, 605 hrs, 2011.........................$205,000 JD 9430, 1,100 hrs, 2009...........................$239,900 JD 9430, 302 hrs, 2011..............................$252,000 JD 9520, 3,918 hrs, 2003...........................$159,000 JD 9530, 400 hrs, 2011..............................$262,000 JD 9530, 400 hrs, 2011..............................$267,000 JD 9530T, 1,247 hrs, 2009.........................$275,000 JD 9530T, 1,314 hrs, 2011.........................$278,000 JD 9530T, 1,108 hrs, 2011.........................$269,000 Case IH STX485, Trk, 1,642 hrs, 2009.......$250,000 JD 9630, 762 hrs, 2011..............................$272,000 JD 9630, 740 hrs, 2011..............................$275,000 JD 9630T, 792 hrs, 2010............................$272,000 JD 9630T, 573 hrs, 2011............................$305,000 JD 9460R, 110 hrs, 2012............................$289,000 JD 9460R, 200 hrs, 2012............................$304,500 JD 9510RT, 1,000 hrs, 2012.......................$315,000 JD 9510RT, 151 hrs, 2012..........................$335,000 JD 9560R, 397 hrs, 2012............................$315,000 JD 9560R, 199 hrs, 2012............................$328,000 JD 9560RT, 1,000 hrs, 2012.......................$325,000 JD 9560RT, 196 hrs, 2012..........................$361,000

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If you farm in Wisconsin (or Minnesota- beautiful green pastures and lawns. for that matter) you know that although it may A true sign on our farm that spring has say spring on your calendar, it might not nec- arrived is the mountains of sand that get piled essarily be that way when you walk outside. behind the barns in anticipation on road bans Two weeks ago I was bundled Ramblings from the Ridge being put on. The piles must to the hilt just to be outside to whisper in a special little boy sort my hoof trimming cows, language to Ira and Dane, and the calendar said it was the ‘climb me, climb me, it’s so rst day of spring. There is still very high at the top.’ I do not snow in the forecast for this hear this special sound when week and the few remaining I walk past them like they do. piles of snow are surrounded The piles are covered in plastic by mud moats to every little to keep the sand dry, not as if boys’ delight. Despite all of that slows down two adventurthis, spring is trying to arrive. ous boys. It truly did look like The birds have been very vocal tons of fun, as they climbed the last few days, a welcome up one side and slid down the By Jacqui Davison other backwards on their belsound as I walk to the barn in Columnist the sunlight at night. There are lies, into a soft padding of sand bits of green grass attemptat the bottom. However, it is not ing to make their presence known around the as fun if you are the mom that has to maneulawn. But, perhaps the most denite sign on a ver all over the pile with duct tape to patch up farm that spring is denitely here is mud. Not little boy foot-holes. Alas, fun while it lasted. just a puddle here or there or a little wet spot Mud puddles speak little boy language as in front of something, mud is everywhere. well on our farm. Dane asks me daily why he One has to look past the lovely brown stuff still has to wear his snow pants to the barn, to remember that soon it will all break way to I just tell him now they are ‘mud-pants.’ Ira

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spent his spring break playing in the mud with Dane, making both of them pretty darn happy. They, of course, have brought their bikes out of the shed, because as I may have mentioned before, bikes are the best thing as far as getting dirty in mud puddles are concerned. I can wash their mud-caked clothes in the morning when we are done with chores, but really there is no point. By seven at night they look exactly the same. Now that the garage doors are open on the freestall barns, the cows are watching like hawks for any gate that might be open, so they can gather all of their friends and make a run for the spongy lawn. Luckily, this has only happened twice (so far) and only a few cows, not an entire group of one hundred plus. It’s rather funny when cows get out; they usually seem to cause a ruckus with all the other animals. It’s almost as if they are tattling on them from inside their pens as they bellow and run crazy within their connes, wishing they could join the escapees. Those sounds are a dead giveaway that something isn’t right nearby. After selling three truckloads of wellfed steers, we moved some more up to the big pen yesterday. Ordinarily we would have wished for a frosty morning when the ground would have supported their heavy hooves, but instead we built a makeshift fence involving calf panels and posts on one side and the tractor and mixer, two trucks, the manure spreader and tractor, and the end loader on the other. It worked like a charm and we ended up with only an eight foot wide chunk of tore up lawn versus the whole lawn looking like a mess. Once again all of the cows went wild with jealousy that the steers got to be outside and not them. On April Fool’s Day morning I was greeted by a lively little pair of heifer twins as I walked in the barn. That is a pretty good start to the month I would say. Our luck had worn off by April fourth. I popped up to the barn just to check on a cow and head for home,

and ended up armpit deep searching for the head on a calf that we could only nd the two front feet. Peter, Stacy and I all tried with all of our might, but the best we could do was touch an ear, not nearly enough to pull a calf’s head around to the correct birth position. Plan B – call the vet. Dad was on his way home and had hoped we would get it out by the time he got here, but not a chance. By nine o’clock the decision was made – a C-section it would be. I put Dane and Ira to sleep on couches in the house and called Tony for help, because the little bit of muscle Stacy and I provided to assist this operation would not be enough. It was some quality family bonding time as always; Stacy and I were the nursemaids, running to ll syringes or buckets up, holding the rope and taking pictures; Peter was surgical gloved up to help hold the uterus; and Tony had plastic sleeves on to push the calf back in, and then help Peter and Dad pull it out and up. Three hours later the calf was out, the tired cow was fully sewn up and we all got to go to bed. As the April showers pound against my windows, I know it will be a muddy day on the farm today, but it will make the owers grow. Dane points out to me every day with such contagious excitement that the daffodils are growing taller and crocuses are opening. I think he has it right, though. We need to focus on the little things growing, like green grass, owers and buds on trees, and just remember that although mud can be a headache and April can be crazy, it’s these little signs of new life, calves and owers, that keep us all going as farmers. Jacqui, her dad, sister, and brother milk 550 cows and run 1,000 acres of crops in the northeastern corner of Vernon County, Wis. Her children - Ira (5) and Dane (3) - farm with her while her husband, Keith, works on a grain farm. She loves to cook, quilt and garden and wishes there were more hours in the day to get it all in. Farming and teaching others about farming are her passions.


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