Does your future depend on social media? – Brenda Murphy, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin

Posted on June 28, 2018 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Brittany Olson, contributing writer
You may be active on social media, but are you posting the right content to enhance your social currency?  Murphy provided attendees with a social media update and some best practices.

Beyond the Barn: Middle Schoolers ‘Earn Their Boots’ at Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy

Posted on August 27, 2015 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Today’s average consumer is at least three to four generations removed from the farm.  Even in rural school districts, farm kids are in the minority in the classroom.  That means these students have less exposure to the more than 300 careers available in the dairy industry. In June, the team at Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy in

Beyond the Barn: Sharing My Love of the Fair – Mariah Martin, Dane County Fairest of the Fair

Posted on June 25, 2015 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
By Mariah Martin, 2015 Dane County Fairest of the Fair As an 11-year 4-H member, when July comes around it only means one thing:  the Dane County Fair. My family spent eight of my 11 years showing dairy and rabbits and completing sewing, cake decorating, art, photography and many other projects. This year, instead of

Beyond the Barn: Dairy Nutrition – What the Cows Give Back to Us

Posted on February 26, 2013 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
We spend a lot of time thinking about how we can optimize the nutrition of our dairy calves and cows.  But do we spend that much time thinking about how we can enrich our own diets with nutritious dairy products? As we wrap up American Heart Month, let’s spend a few minutes reviewing dairy’s role

Beyond the Barn: Values – The Foundation of Farming

Posted on December 26, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Each farm is unique.  Each farmer’s road to success differs from another.  But, amongst these differences, one core concept remains true:  Values are the foundation of farming. As a farmer or agriculturist, every conversation you have about your values and how they affect your actions is a step forward in earning consumer trust and continuing

Beyond the Barn: A Lifelong Passion For Agriculture

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
By Kate Griswold, Cross Plains Wondermakers 4-H Club and Waunakee FFA Chapter Ever since I can remember, agriculture has been a part of my life. When I was eight, my dad bought our first Angus cow. Our herd has since grown to include multiple beef cows and a diverse realm of other animals including sheep,

Darin Mann – Working With Consumers’ Perceptions

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
  Download a printable PDF Presentation Darin Mann is a co-owner of M & M Feedlot, a 13,000-head heifer feedlot on the border of Oregon and Idaho. This feedlot is unique because, not only does it house 13,000 animals, but it also does it right next to a river and U.S. fish and game ponds.

School Tours: Recruiting the Next Generation of Ag Leaders

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Many of you open your farm gates to school tours to give students a better understanding of the food production. But those tour groups also include the next generation of agricultural leaders. As agriculture expands beyond the farm to the laboratory, test plot, manufacturing facility and public office, students need to learn what agricultural careers