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Charles Flodquist and John Richmond II

Passing a life’s work to a new generation

Apprentice program offers an opportunity Colfax, Wisconsin — “I’ve enjoyed farming all my life.” With that statement, Chuck Flodquist may be speaking for quite a few veteran dairy graziers who would love to keep living the life. But reality eventually comes calling. At retirement age, and three years past a back injury, Chuck recognizes he […]

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Conventional tactics, unconventional dairy

Tafels combine cow comfort with no-grain feeding Laurens, New York — Adam and Margaret Tafel do a lot of things that are considered good practices in the conventional dairy world. They work hard at harvesting quality forages. They try to keep their cows comfortable in freestalls and tunnel ventilation. They watch body condition and feed […]

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Heidels with cows

Premiums welcomed, but not required

David just thinks A2 and no-grain are the most ‘ethical’ ways to make milk Random Lake, Wisconsin – The future of alternative dairy might well be on display on a small organic farm operated by a maverick 70-year old with a graduate degree in crop chemicals. David Heidel feeds no grain to his dairy animals […]

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No grain, but 15,000 pounds of milk

Langmeiers do the job with great forage and well-hydrated calves Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin — Jim Langmeier and his sons — Joe, Mike and Keith — are humble people who don’t pretend to be doing everything right. Spend some time visiting with these guys, and talk turns to concerns about disappointing milk solids tests, mistakes […]

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Advice from 10 years of no-grain dairy

Moores: it’s all about energy and keeping flesh on cows Nichols, New York— Rob Moore, who has not fed grain to his milking cows for the past 10 years, has mixed feelings toward the subject. Rob is happy with his choice, saying “this is the way I want to farm.” Over the years he learned […]

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