April 2014 Blog Posts (6)


Pella, Iowa  — Lely is proud to support the efforts of Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) and Iowa’s Dairy Center. Lely and Fitzgerald, Inc., the local Lely Center in Elkader, IA have worked closely with officials at NICC to give students, facility and staff access to the latest technology for the dairy industry.


The new robotic milking facility located south of the NICC campus in Calmar, IA is equipped with two Lely Astronaut A4 robotic milking machines, five…


Added by Lely North America on April 29, 2014 at 10:27am — No Comments

In a Crisis...

You do your best to prevent it, but sometimes there's no avoiding a crisis.  On a farm this could be a disease outbreak, an accident, a fire, natural disaster, environmental damage or even death.  What do you do when the media comes knocking, looking for the story to your loss?

First and foremost, get your game plan together.  You can come up with a crisis communications plan before an issue ever arises.  For the unexpected situation, you might not have time.  Once the immediate…


Added by Nicole Scahendorf Heslip on April 25, 2014 at 10:12am — No Comments

The Stories They Will Tell

I can picture it now, my boys are in their 30's walking around the farm sharing stories with their children about when they were a kid.  There will be stories about halter breaking that first show calf, finally being tall enough to milk in the parlor, learning to drive the skid loader, and campfires after a hard day's work.  One of their stories might go something like this:

Your grandmother Christina didn't just help grandpa on the farm, she also taught at the technical…


Added by Christina Winch on April 22, 2014 at 10:54am — No Comments

Our acidified calf feeding system

Two springs ago we converted our old bull barn, from when my grandfather contracted bulls, into a calf barn with mob feeders. Previously we were feeding about 60 calves in hutches and decided to make the switch only putting around $5000 into the conversion. 

When we began this feeding system we were feeding acidified waste milk. We acidified the milk with acetic acid. To do this, the acid is diluted in water at a 10:1 water acid ratio. This solution is then mixed with the milk at a…


Added by Ashley Howlett on April 15, 2014 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

March-April Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow Student of the Month

Congratulations to Nathan Sherman, who is the Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow Student of the Month for March and April 2014.

Nathan is a junior in a home schooling program and this is his first year participating in the Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow (DLT) online curriculum. His family owns a dairy farm in Mansfield, Tioga County. He is serious about what he does and on any given day you will find him working with his father to run the family business. When asked about why he is interested in…


Added by Center for Dairy Excellence on April 14, 2014 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Part two; The Plan

As mentioned in my previous post my family spent a couple of years working through how we wanted to transfer the farm from a management and personal perspective. Now we were ready to move on to the actual financial and legal mechanics of the farm transfer.

To start this process we met with our team; attorney, lender, and tax accountant. My dad's original thought was that the two of us boys would buy the dairy portion of the business from him, including the 30 acre site that contains… Continue

Added by Theo Scholze on April 5, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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