Farmer Friday

A Weekly Feature To Thank Our Farming Community

Past Featured Farms

    East Branch Dairy Farm
    East Branch Dairy Farm
    Mar 02, 2018 | Country Visions
    As the owners of Schmitz East Branch Dairy in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Dave and Mary Schmitz try to take a proactive approach when it comes to educating consumers about the agriculture industry. Being located close to town has many conveniences, but it can also bring some...
    Byron and Sharon Gessner
    Byron and Sharon Gessner
    Feb 23, 2018 | Country Visions
    Byron and Sharon Gessner have been working side-by-side for over 42 years. The couple operate Walnut Meadow Farms in the Town of Scott which is on the southwest edge of Sheboygan County.
    Steve Schleis
    Steve Schleis
    Feb 17, 2018 | Country Visions
    When Steve Schleis was growing up his family was involved in agriculture and it has always been what he wanted to do. “I worked in construction part-time for 10 years,” Steve said, “but it wasn’t like working on the farm.”
    Michels Farm, LLC
    Michels Farm, LLC
    Feb 10, 2018 | Country Visions
    You may recognize this family as the hosts of the 2015 Fond du Lac Area Breakfast on the Farm. This is Dan and Brenda Michels and their family of Michels Farms, LLC in Lomira, WI.
    Irish Acres, LLC.
    Irish Acres, LLC.
    Feb 03, 2018 | Country Visions
    Brent Sinkula is the operator of Irish Acres, LLC in Two Rivers, Wisconsin which is a Manitowoc County community. Living a half mile off Lake Michigan has made things interesting for this dairy farmer.
    Mark & Maxine Hahn
    Mark & Maxine Hahn
    Jan 27, 2018 | Country Visions
    Mark & Maxine Hahn are 3rd generation Dairy Farmers from Campbellsport, Wisconsin. Mark grew up here in this Fond du Lac County community. He went to work in a factory for a while and was in the army for a while, but the entire time he knew he wanted to be farming
    Liner Dairy, LLC
    Liner Dairy, LLC
    Jan 20, 2018 | Country Visions
    “Working with family can have its ups and downs,” according to Mike Liner, “but you are able to rely on each other to get the work done. There is always someone to take care of everything you need.”
    Century Acres, INC.
    Century Acres, INC.
    Jan 13, 2018 | Country Visions
    “It is much easier to do something you want to do versus what you have to do,” according to David Brunnquell. “That is why it has always been easy for me to be in agriculture.” David and his brother, Mark, are the owners of Century Acres Inc. in the Town of Saukville.
    Schraufnagel Farms
    Schraufnagel Farms
    Jan 06, 2018 | Country Visions
    Leo and Roseann Schraufnagel have a Cash Grain Operation in Lomira, Wisconsin, which is in Dodge County. Their family farm has been passed down for four generations and was originally operated as a dairy.
    John Ruedinger of Ruedinger Farms, Inc.
    John Ruedinger of Ruedinger Farms, Inc.
    Jan 01, 2018 | Country Visions
    “You work your way through the hard times.” That is the advice from John Ruedinger of Ruedinger Farms, Inc. in Van Dyne, Wisconsin. “Agriculture can be pretty good to people, if you do it right,” he said. “You can’t do it alone though, it takes a team. Family, key employees...
    Averbeck Custom
    Averbeck Custom
    Dec 23, 2017 | Country Visions
    A good start to any conversation is to talk about the weather. When you are talking to a farmer, that common conversation is viewed from a different perspective. Adam and Tammy Averbeck have a Custom Farming operation in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where most everything they do...
    Zentner Acres, INC.
    Zentner Acres, INC.
    Dec 16, 2017 | Country Visions
    Roger Zentner grew up involved with agriculture. He was born and raised on the family farm. Even when he worked away from it, he still came home to help on the farm. That upbringing set him in the direction to take over the family operation.
    A-B Lane Holsteins
    A-B Lane Holsteins
    Dec 09, 2017 | Country Visions
    The FFA organization is something that is extra special for the owners of A-B-Lane Holsteins located in Plymouth, WI. Todd and Kara Abraham and their kids, Jared and Macie, operate this dairy farm along with Todd’s parents, Terry and Janice. You probably don’t find ‘meet your...
    Clay Valley Dairy
    Clay Valley Dairy
    Dec 02, 2017 | Country Visions
    At Clay Valley Dairy Farm in Mishicot, Wisconsin, every member of the family pitches in to get the work done. As the 3rd generation on this dairy farm in Manitowoc County, Mark Rahmlow and his wife, Judy, say it’s fun to work together with your family.
    Hillside Dairy Heifers
    Hillside Dairy Heifers
    Nov 18, 2017 | Country Visions
    Hillside Dairy Heifers in Glenbeulah, WI is a Custom Heifer Raising and Cash Crop operation. Don and Susie Liebe bought the Sheboygan County farm in 1989. That first year, they had 7 heifers they were raising. It was just going to be a hobby, but it kept on growing!
    Doug Miller: Sher-Home Farms
    Doug Miller: Sher-Home Farms
    Nov 11, 2017 | Country Visions
    For Doug Miller, he said his family has been in this area for so long, it is like ‘their own little part of the world.’ Doug and his brother, Dennis, are the 7th generation to be operating their farm that started back in 1849.
    Rockland Dairy, LLC
    Rockland Dairy, LLC
    Nov 04, 2017 | Country Visions
    Jason Vorpahl is a 6th generation dairy farmer in Random Lake, Wisconsin. Growing up on the family farm with his brother, Marty, they both were involved with the daily chores and responsibilities. Jason said, “It’s what I grew up with and I knew I wanted to continue to do it.”
    Cedar Ridge
    Cedar Ridge
    Oct 13, 2017 | Country Visions
    If you talk about the planting season with Matt Teunissen, you will get a feel for the passion he has for agriculture. “Planting involves precision,” Matt said, “you only get to do it right once.” He is very particular and detailed to make sure everything is correct. He doesn...
    Strupp Family Farm
    Strupp Family Farm
    Oct 06, 2017 | Country Visions
    According to Larry Strupp, it’s not about how much you make doing it, happiness is enjoying what you do. Larry and his brother, Mike, along with his wife and son, Terry and Alex, operate Strupp Family Farm in Slinger, WI.
    Dulmes Farms LLC
    Dulmes Farms LLC
    Sep 29, 2017 | Country Visions
    The fall harvest season has always been his favorite time of the year. “That’s when you know it was all worth it,” according to Joel Dulmes. Along with his wife, Linda, Joel operates Dulmes Farms LLC in Gibbsville, WI.
    Pado Farms
    Pado Farms
    Sep 22, 2017 | Country Visions
    If you are driving through rural Sheboygan County, not far from the Village of Cascade, WI, you just might get to see Paul’s pride and joy. That is, if you happen to see a pasture of mostly Red Angus Cattle.
    Hanke Farms Inc
    Hanke Farms Inc
    Sep 15, 2017 | Country Visions
    Keeping the next generation involved because nobody can do it by themselves. That is where it started for Hanke Farms Inc. a Dairy and Cash Crop operation in Sheboygan Falls, WI. Jack and Jim Hanke always liked milking cows and learned early on that if you take good care of...
    Forest Ridge Holsteins
    Forest Ridge Holsteins
    Sep 08, 2017 | Country Visions
    FEELING anticipation. DISCOVERING there is a new calf on its way into the world. SEEING the delivery go well. KNOWING the calf is alive and healthy. THIS is what Kurt and Sarah Loehr will tell you is the favorite part of what they do at Forage Ridge Holsteins in Eden, WI.
    Wilfert Farms LLC
    Wilfert Farms LLC
    Sep 01, 2017 | Country Visions
    At Wilfert Farms in Manitowoc County, WI, they love to advocate for Agriculture. “America does agriculture better than anyone else in the world,” and Ryan Wilfert. “I’ve grown up with it and see first-hand how vital it is to our local community.”
    Barta Farm LLC
    Barta Farm LLC
    Aug 25, 2017 | Country Visions
    Steve Barta takes a look around his family’s dairy farm located near Two Creeks in northern Manitowoc County and takes pride in what they have been able to accomplish. “You have to be pretty self-motivated people to get everything done,” Steve said
    Obry's 5th Generation Dairy
    Obry's 5th Generation Dairy
    Aug 18, 2017 | Country Visions
    Bob and Deb Obry are the owners of Obry’s 5th Generation Dairy in the township of West Kewaunee, Wisconsin. The homestead dates back to 1863 when Peter Keup purchased the farm buildings and 120 acres for $100 to establish the family farm.
    Schwarz Farms LLC
    Schwarz Farms LLC
    Aug 11, 2017 | Country Visions
    Chilton, Wisconsin is home to John Schwarz and his sons, Trevor and Connor. This is also where you will find Schwarz Farms, LLC, which is the farm John operates along with Jim Schwarz.
    Johnson Hill Farms LLC
    Johnson Hill Farms LLC
    Aug 04, 2017 | Country Visions
    Seeing all your hard work pay off, producing a good product and growing good crops. This is what you will hear If you ask Craig Johnson what makes him proud to be a farmer. “Farming is becoming more and more rare, you see fewer farms nowadays,” he said.
    Deer Run Dairy
    Deer Run Dairy
    Jul 28, 2017 | Country Visions
    Duane Ducat has been doing "it" all his life. Derek Ducat grew up with "it" and enjoyed "it" as a kid. Dale Bogart moved to Wisconsin from Ohio and discovered a love for "it". What is the “it”? Farming, of course! These three men are the owners of Deer Run Dairy, LLC. This is...
    Siegmund Farm LLC
    Siegmund Farm LLC
    Jul 21, 2017 | Country Visions
    Not everyone can say that they have a direct impact on feeding the country, but on this farm in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin, they say it with pride! Siegmund Farm LLC is a 3rd generation farm. Brothers, Lynn, Leslie and Lewis Siegmund grew up farming and continue to keep it in...
    Jay Binversie
    Jay Binversie
    Jul 14, 2017 | Country Visions
    Robinway Dairy, LLC is located near Kiel, WI. Jay and Pam Binversie are the owners of this 4th generation operation that includes Dairy Cows, Beef Cattle and Custom Heifers. Jay’s interest in farming was encouraged by his dad when he was young. “When I was a freshman in high...
    Mark Litz
    Mark Litz
    Jul 07, 2017 | Country Visions
    Mark Litz is a part of Litz Farms LLC in Kiel, WI. This is the community where Mark was raised. Growing up in a farming family it was just a natural transition for him to choose agriculture for his career. “It’s in my blood,” Mark said. “I don’t really know what else I would...
    Greendale Dairy LLC
    Greendale Dairy LLC
    Jun 30, 2017 | Country Visions
    Greendale Dairy, LLC is located in southwest Manitowoc County in the rural Kiel area. Nic Schoenberger and Mike Schuler handle the operations of this 6th generation dairy farm. An awareness about feeding the world and a curiosity about the whole aspect of agriculture was...
    Kyle Serwe
    Kyle Serwe
    Jun 23, 2017 | Country Visions
    Kyle Serwe is the owner of KMS Dairy in Campbellsport, WI. His step-grandpa Bill Guell, and Bill’s brother, Bob, work along with Kyle on this 3rd generation dairy farm. KMS Dairy is a unique operation that has the cattle graze 3 seasons of the year.
    Matthew & Nichole Kiekhaefer
    Matthew & Nichole Kiekhaefer
    Jun 23, 2017 | Country Visions
    Matthew and Nichole Kiekhaefer are the owners of Dreamin Blu Holsteins in Greenleaf, Wisconsin. On this 3rd generation dairy farm is where they raise their children Amalee Schema, Ethan Schema, Adalyn and Ivy Kiekhaefer. Matthew is proud that they can raise the next generation...
    Phipps Family Farm
    Phipps Family Farm
    Jun 16, 2017 | Country Visions
    Family. At most farms, no matter how big or small, it’s the family that is the core of its existence. We find that at Phipps Family Farm in the Sheboygan County community of Glenbeulah. Phil and Brenda Phipps farm with Phil’s parents, Walter and Orlene, and Phil and Brenda’s...
    Micke Dairy, LLC
    Micke Dairy, LLC
    Jun 09, 2017 | Country Visions
    Brian Micke loves working with the cows and working with the great people within the industry. He is a dairy farmer in the rural community of Reedsville, Wisconsin. Farming alongside his parents, Richard and Nancy, they operate Micke Dairy, LLC a 5th generation dairy farm in...
    Nathan Schnell
    Nathan Schnell
    Jun 02, 2017 | Country Visions
    Nathan Schnell believes farming has a lot to do with knowledge you gain from the experiences of the previous generations. The Schnell Family currently grow forage cash crops and raise 4-H Show Pigs on Meadow Brook Farms located in the Town of Brillion, Calumet County...
    Earl and Derek Sippel
    Earl and Derek Sippel
    May 26, 2017 | Country Visions
    When you decide to make a career out of farming, you know there will be a lot of hard work. Airy Point Dairy is a Dairy and Grain operation in St. Cloud, Wisconsin. Earl and Yvonne Sippel along with their son and daughter in-law, Derek and Nicole, are the owners of this Fond...
    Ryan and Matt Schneider
    Ryan and Matt Schneider
    May 19, 2017 | Country Visions
    For Ryan Schneider, farming was something he always enjoyed. He had a passion for it. Ryan said, “I was about 13 years old when I decided this is for sure what I wanted to pursue as a career.” Now that his son, Matt, is 12-years-old, he knows it will be time to bring him into...
    Bill Wiese
    Bill Wiese
    May 05, 2017 | Country Visions
    At Wiese Dairy, LLC in Rosendale, WI, Bill Wiese recalls why he became a farmer. He grew up with it and really liked it. As a 10-year-old boy, he started driving tractor and was put in charge of the baling on his family’s farm. Today, Bill Wiese owns the 3rd generation Dairy...
    Casey Hochkammer
    Casey Hochkammer
    Apr 28, 2017 | Country Visions
    Casey Hochkammer’s work ethic comes from growing up on a family farm. Learning the importance of hard work, having responsibilities and enjoying what you do are all lessons he is now passing on to his family.
    Dan Lisowe
    Dan Lisowe
    Apr 21, 2017 | Country Visions
    Dan Lisowe tries to do at least one good deed a day...Dan owns and operates East Shore Dairy LLC in Chilton, WI. This is a 3rd generation grain farm located in Calumet County.“Farming is all I ever knew,” Dan said. “My Dad was a farmer and I have been milking cows since I was...
    Ryan-Vu Dairy
    Ryan-Vu Dairy
    Apr 07, 2017 | Country Visions
    Mark and Mary Ryan farm alongside their son, Chad, and daughter in-law, Amy, at Ryan-Vu Dairy in Byron, WI. The Town of Byron is in Fond du Lac County and is mainly agriculture land where many Dairy farms are located. Mark had been raised on a farm and wanted to continue that...
    Dave Roskopf
    Dave Roskopf
    Mar 31, 2017 | Country Visions
    Dave Roskopf is from Iron Ridge, WI in Dodge County. This is where he and his wife, Monica, have their farming operation, Roskopf Farms, LLC. This 2nd generation dairy was started by his dad who had moved here from Menomonee Falls, WI.
    Steve Abel
    Steve Abel
    Mar 24, 2017 | Country Visions
    Abel Dairy Farms in Eden, WI can trace its heritage back to 1857 and the family traditions of 6 generations of farmers. Steve Abel didn’t set out to continue his families farming legacy, but eventually one thing kind of lead to another for him. His wife grew up on a farm and...
    Greg Rickert
    Greg Rickert
    Mar 17, 2017 | Country Visions
    Greg Rickert is part of a family farming operation in Eldorado, WI. This town in Fond du Lac County is where Greg, his brother Jim, nephew Andrew Rickert, and son in-law Andy DeVries combine their skills to run a successful operation. Rickland Farm Incorporated is the land...
    Michael Slattery
    Michael Slattery
    Mar 10, 2017 | Country Visions
    Michael Slattery and his wife, Nancy, have a farm in Maribel, WI, which is located in Manitowoc County. They raise Holstein steers and cash crop grain and commercial vegetables. Even though you may think that would be enough to keep them busy, they also have chickens, lambs...
    Richard, Tom and Joe Heyroth
    Richard, Tom and Joe Heyroth
    Mar 03, 2017 | Country Visions
    Bring Richard, Tom and Joe Heyroth together to talk about their farming operation and you just might learn some lessons about Wisconsin history, too. The farm was established in 1848, the same year Wisconsin became a state. Early settlers had actually been farming the land...
    John and Josh O’Hearn
    John and Josh O’Hearn
    Feb 24, 2017 | Country Visions
    The family homestead of O’Hearn Irish Dairy was established in 1888 in Maple Grove, WI, a small town located in Manitowoc County. The dairy now involves the 5th generation of the O’Hearn family, John and Josh, who operate the farm along with their mom, Diane, and uncle, Jim.
    Wade Hynek
    Wade Hynek
    Feb 10, 2017 | Country Visions
    Hynek Country Harvest, LLC is operated by Wade and Maria Hynek. This is a 3rd generation Dairy and Cash Crop operation located in Whitelaw, WI.
    Loren and Ethan Ulness
    Loren and Ethan Ulness
    Feb 03, 2017 | Country Visions
    Loren and Ethan Ulness are a father and son team operating Hi-Tower Farms in Valders, WI along with their wives, Carol and Jessica. Ethan is the 4th generation to be involved in the Dairy and Crop Farm that Loren refers to as a “family tradition”.

About Farmer Friday

Farmer Friday is a weekly feature posted on our facebook and website. To show our appreciation to our producer members, Country Visions Cooperative will be giving a snapshot look of our customers and their operations.