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Spotlight on Lensmire Family Farm – Hydroponic Fodder Sprouts Savings

Holstein eating fodderLensmire Family Farm, owned and operated by Tom and Jane Lensmire, is home to about 80 Holstein, Jersey and Swiss dairy cows. Located in Cleveland, WI, the farm has been in the family for 23 years and spans 80 acres of land. The Lensmires began rotational grazing about 13 years ago and still use this practice today, in addition to purchased feed. However, an interest in hydroponics led them to FarmTek’s Fodder-Pro 2.0 Feed Systems after reading about hydroponic fodder in the company’s catalog.
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Abigail’s Fodder for Thought – Wait, what WINTER?!

Fodder trailer at WDE

It seems like fall is flying by me this year. Last I recall, it was September and I was gearing up for a month of trade shows and traveling through the glorious autumn weather to enjoy what other folks experience (outside of New England). Growing up in Maine and living in Connecticut now, fall has always been a favorite of mine. The leaves are changing, I can order hot coffee instead of iced, scarves and coats come out of the closet and I can enjoy an afternoon outside without feeling like I’m melting. It’s that homey time of year when you move from the outdoor fire pit and BBQ to the inside fire place with warm apple cider—yum!

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Tales from the Fodder Trails – Kat Takes on the Hebron Harvest Fair

fodder trailer hebron fair

If there is one thing all year that I get excited about, it’s the county fair. Last weekend, I had the pleasure of representing FarmTek’s Fodder Trailer at the Hebron Harvest Fair. There are so many things that I love about the fair—the rides, games, fried dough, tractor pulls and horse shows. So naturally, when I was asked to go and exhibit our fodder trailer, I jumped at the chance! Saturday and Sunday where perfect days for the fair— a bit cool in the morning and in the afternoon it warmed up and was very sunny.

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Spotlight on Pereira Pastures Dairy – Less Pasture? More Fodder!

Pereira cows eating fodder

Like many farmers across the nation, Albert Pereira of Pereira Pastures Dairy knows what it’s like to deal with drought and dwindling pastureland for his dairy herd. As the only “Licensed Raw for Retail” dairy farm in West Texas, Pereira raises Jersey cows, which are known for their high-protein and high-quality milk yield. However, when drought conditions were destroying Pereira’s grazing pastures, he knew it was time to start looking for new feed solutions.

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Spotlight on the Hurleys and Their Small-Farm Fodder System

fodder channels

Mary Hurley lives on the farm she grew up on with her husband, Wayne.  She is the third generation to live on the farm, and moved back to help her dad and brother. Mary and Wayne recently bought their first milk cow and soon realized that feed costs were rising out of control.

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Abigail’s Fodder for Thought – Three guys, a girl and a fodder trailer – 2013 WI Farm Technology Days

Fodder Trailer

My most recent venture out of the office was a first for me. How is that possible you ask? Well, this trade show, I got to take a back seat and see how it all works.

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Cow Tales from the Dairy Farm – Cool as a Cucumber

cows in pasture

Phew, is it hot outside!!!

Now that the rain has finally subsided for a few minutes here in the Northeast, it is time for the sun to shine on down.  We are starting to catch up with our 1st cutting hay (really late this year!!) and spraying the corn fields (now that we can get in them without sinking in a foot).  While all of this is going on, we also need to focus on keeping everyone cool since the temperature is starting to really kick into high gear.

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Cow Tales from the Dairy Farm – It’s Show Time

Kathy showing DivineKathy Benoit, a dairy farmer from our Connecticut office, returns as this week’s FarmTek Farmer.

With hay coming in and corn getting ready to harvest, I find myself getting ready for my favorite time of year: Fair Season. Some folks have already started showing for the year. While others can’t imagine being stuck at a fair for the weekend, I am raring to go. Having grown up participating in 4-H and FFA, I have a fondness for attending the local fairs, because it is a time to compare livestock, eat fair food, and catch up with old friends. Read more

Cow Tales from the Dairy Farm: Why I’m not a Jersey Fan

Calves in hutches
Kathy Benoit, a dairy farmer from our Connecticut office, returns as this week’s FarmTek Farmer.

Farming is one of the few things in this life that is consistently inconsistent. Each type of farm has its own routines, but something always happens to make each day its own special event. Whether it is the corn finally popping up out of the plowed field, or that overdue pregnant cow deciding to calve the night you have to be at a meeting in 20 minutes, things are always changing, but yet, always staying the same. One thing that is an ongoing project for me is dealing with milk fed calves. On my small dairy, I generally keep a manageable sized group of calves to grow on milk. I not only raise calves that my cows have produced, but I bring in newborns from other farms as well. Read more

Cow Tales from the Dairy Farm – “Cows Out! Come Quick!”

Kathy Benoit, a dairy farmer from our Connecticut office, returns as this week’s FarmTek Farmer.
Cows behind fenceWith spring having sprung there is lots of maintenance to be done on the farm. Spring always brings with it the promise of crops to be planted and pastures to be opened. The good weather has the cows trying to slide their heads under the gates and fences to snack on the little grass blades that were tough enough to pop up even with some frosty nights and still cool ground.
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