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Family members of Duschee Hills Dairy are, in front, from left, Travis Troendle, Jared Troendle, Devin Troendle, Brock Taylor and Sydney Taylor. In back are Pat Troendle, Christine Troendle, Ed Taylor, Ben Taylor and Darla Taylor. Photo courtesy of Barb Schramm.
Family members of Duschee Hills Dairy are, in front, from left, Travis Troendle, Jared Troendle, Devin Troendle, Brock Taylor and Sydney Taylor. In back are Pat Troendle, Christine Troendle, Ed Taylor, Ben Taylor and Darla Taylor. Photo courtesy of Barb Schramm.
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Saturday, June 25, 2016 11:08 AM
When folks attend Fillmore County’s Dairy Night on the Farm at Duschee Hills Dairy of rural Lanesboro, they will be touring a dairy farm that has been in the same family for nearly 80 years. Pat and Christine Troendle and Ben and Darla Taylor will be hosting the annual event on Saturday, June 25, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Leiding twins continue sharing dairy message

    “You can’t spell Kayla without the (Princess) Kay” . . .  and a crown follows.

    Cute t-shirts sporting this message will be seen on family and friends of Kayla Leiding of Fountain this summer – especially at the Minnesota State Fair. Twin sister Haely and many more will be showing their support for her.

  • Harmony family carries tradition of hard work at dairy farm into the fifth generation
    West of Harmony, the Schriever family farm is working through their fourth generation and the fifth generation is rising.
  • Chatfield-area youth ready to accept challenge of becoming next generation of dairy producers
    Fourth-generation farmer, Andrew Gathje, 17, and his younger brothers, Bennett and Henry, will someday inherit the farm, which was founded in 1941. They’ve been accustomed to wide-open spaces, so the prospect of living in town doesn’t have much shine for them.
  • Chatfield graduate goes into future with strong knowledge, work ethic gleaned from dairy industry
    “My cows are my friends, my passion, my life,” said Abby Hopp. “They have taught me compassion, work ethic and a dream for my future. I honestly believe that if you love what you do, you’ll never have to work a day in your life. And that is exactly what I’m doing.”
  • ‘City girl’ has big country dreams as she follows passion for dairy
    Spring Valley resident Makala Nauman, a 2016 Kingsland graduate, has a passion for the dairy industry. That love emerged after getting a job milking the Holsteins at Heusinkveld Farms in Cherry Grove. This year, Nauman has been named one of Fillmore County’s dairy princesses, even though her backyard definitely isn’t big enough to be called a pasture.
  • Duschee Hills Dairy near Lanesboro will host  Dairy Night on the Farm
    When folks attend Fillmore County’s Dairy Night on the Farm at Duschee Hills Dairy of rural Lanesboro, they will be touring a dairy farm that has been in the same family for nearly 80 years. Pat and Christine Troendle and Ben and Darla Taylor will be hosting the annual event on Saturday, June 25, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • 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...
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