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Dairy tours slated for St. Croix, Dunn counties

A growing number of Western Wisconsin dairy producers have developed a new enthusiasm for milking cows by building a lower cost parlor and freestall. No longer do their bodies hurt.

Many dairy families have seen a reduction in their labor requirements for feeding and milking, and improved milk production without having to build a large dairy expansion. They have also seen increased cow comfort by moving cows to a freestall barn.

The concept of lower cost parlors and different dairy housing systems will be illustrated at the Dunn/St. Croix Spring Dairy Tour, Tuesday, April 7, 1-3:15 p.m. The tour hosts will be Steve Olson east of Connorsville and the Tellijohn Dairy east of Forest.

The tour will start at the Olson farm at 1 p.m. The Olsons have a swing 6 Schlueter straight rail parlor installed in their dairy barn. They also have a compost barn with 45 cows.

The tour continues at 2:15 p.m. at the Mark and Lee Tellijohn farm. They have installed a used double 10 milking parlor with automatic takeoffs in a new building. Interestingly, they have built a 120 cow sand bedded freestall and an 85-cow compost barn. This will be an excellent opportunity to compare sand bedded freestall and compost barns.

David Kammel, UW-Extension ag engineer, specializing in low cost parlors and dairy housing facilities, will also be present to discuss important features of modernizing dairy facilities.

The Olson farm is located 1.5 miles east of Connorsville on Highway 64, turn North on 190th St., farm is 1/2 mile on the right. The fire number is N12588. The Tellijohn farm is located one mile east of Forest on Highway 64, turn north on 280th St., farm is 11/4 miles north on 280th St. on the left. The fire number is 2030.

For more information contact the St. Croix UW-Extension Office at 715-684-3301, ext. 5 or the Dunn County UW-Extension Office at 715-232-1636.

Spring tour

LeAllen and Mary Jo Huppert will be hosting the Pierce/St. Croix Spring Dairy Calf and Heifer Tour, Wednesday April 8, beginning at 1 p.m.

The Huppert's recently built a well designed calf barn.

The Huppert farm is located about 2.5 miles west of Ellsworth on Hwy 10 on the south side of the road.