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Family members, from left, Misty, Nate, Jeff and Darla Heusinkveld, are proud to run their generational farm, which has been in the family for over a century.  PAULA VAGTS/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
Family members, from left, Misty, Nate, Jeff and Darla Heusinkveld, are proud to run their generational farm, which has been in the family for over a century. PAULA VAGTS/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 10:23 AM

For the Heusinkvelds, farming and family go hand in hand.

  • Two dairy farms in Fillmore County are on the annual list of top Minnesota dairy herds with low somatic cell counts (SCC) released by Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson this month in honor of June Dairy Month.

     
  • Redalen Holsteins near Lanesboro to host this year's Dairy Night on the Farm

    It's June Dairy Month, the perfect time to visit a local dairy farm to see just how dairy products originate. Attending Dairy Night on the Farm is the perfect opportunity to see a working dairy in action while visiting with local dairy producers. This year, Redalen Holstein Farm in rural Lanesboro is hosting the event on Saturday, June 27, from 5 to 8 p.m.

     
  • Fillmore County Dairy Princesses  double up to promote dairy industry

    Twin sisters Haely Leiding and Kayla Leiding of Fountain were crowned together as Fillmore County Dairy Princesses this year. It’s a role that will see them promoting the importance of dairy products through appearances and media activities.

     
  • Spring Valley family looks to fourth generation to continue dairy tradition

    For the Heusinkvelds, farming and family go hand in hand.

     
  • Dairy ambassador looks forward  to long career in promoting industry

    “Cows give us healthy stuff and some of them can be really nice,” said the rural Fountain Fillmore County Dairy Ambassador, promoting the four-legged gals in the Mulhern dairy barn. 

     
  • Chatfield youth excited to serve  second term as dairy ambassador

    “It’s amazing how many people are asking for string cheese instead of candy. If there’s a candy float ahead of us, they don’t want the candy. They want string cheese,” Eli said.

     
  • Through the years, ‘family’ has been the driving force at Johnson’s Rolling Acres

    LeRoy and Darleen bought the small dairy farm in 1967. They started out milking 36 cows. As their family grew to 13 children, the dairy farm grew as well. By the late 1970’s, four of the Johnson’s six sons (LeRoy Jr., Jim, Mark and Brad) expressed a desire to continue farming with their parents and a corporation was formed. The dairy herd was now 85 cows strong and the farrow to finish hog operation was expanded as well.

     
  • EDITOR'S NOTE: Aimee Finley is seeking re-entry into grass-based dairying, and is a program organizer for the Land Stewardship Project as well as a business owner in St. Charles. For more on Land Stewardship Project, go online to landstewardshipproject.org. 
  • EDITOR'S NOTE: The following story was originally written by the above Fillmore Central students for their school newspaper, The Falcon Informer. It is being reprinted here with their permission.

    A day in the life of a dairy farmer... 
  • Gar-Lin Dairy of Eyota hosts Rochesterfest's 'Country Breakfast on the Farm'
    Have breakfast on the farm...

    And maybe see the dairy-go-round.

    (It'll be udderly fun!) 
  • Lanesboro core leads 4-H dairy judging team to 1st
    No, you can't judge a cow by her spots. But you certainly can judge a cow for it's a set of quality characteristics. 
  • It's double the farm time, double the dairy knowledge for Fillmore Princess Woods
    Have you herd?

    Princess Melanie Woods is dairy happy.

    "I have been interested in the dairy industry ever since I was a little girl," said Fillmore County's 2012 Dairy Princess, who works on two area dairy farms.

    She elaborated, "I did not really get into it until I was in ninth grade. That is when I started to work on a dairy farm - my family does have a herd - but I work on two dairy farms in our county, one in Ostrander and the other in Harmony." 
  • Dutch Square Farms will host Dairy Night on Farm June 16
    Dean Wissing calls his 80 girls "real cows."

    And he doesn't mind getting up close and personal. 
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