LaClare founder elected to American Cheese Society’s board

By MAA
MALONE, Wis. — Larry Hedrich, co-founder of LaClare Family Creamery, has been elected to the American Cheese Society’s (ACS) board of directors.
A leading voice in the artisanal and goat-milk-cheesemaking field, Hedrich brings four decades of experience to the organization that supports and promotes farmstead and specialty cheeses produced in the Americas.
“I’m humbled by the opportunity to represent hard-working cheesemakers from across the country and North America,”said Hedrich. “Expanding our membership and focusing on long-term issues will be among my American Cheese Society priorities.”
With 1,800 members, the ACS provides advocacy, education, business development, and networking opportunities for cheesemakers, retailers, enthusiasts and the extended industry.
In 1978, Larry and his wife Clara pursued a lifelong dream by establishing “LaClare Farms” (He’s the namesake “La” and she’s the “Clare”). What began with just two goats has evolved into a multi-generational family farm, which has produced some of the world’s most highly recognized cheeses. Just this year, LaClare’s Cave-Aged Chandoka was named
Top 20, First Place/Best of Class at the World Championship Cheese Contest; Bronze Medalist at the SOFI Awards; and named a 2018 Good Food Award winner.
In June, LaClare became a founding member of the Mosaic Meadows group, which unites some of finest up-and-coming cheesmakers in America, with Hedrich — who serves as LaClare’s business manager — assuming a seat on the board of directors.

UW-River Falls student to help lead Ag Future of America

By MAA
RIVER FALLS, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-River Falls junior Jared Retzlaff is one of only 10 students from across the nation selected to serve on the Student Advisory Team for Agriculture Future of America (AFA). AFA is a leadership and professional development organization for college students and young professionals.

Retzlaff, of Omro, is studying agricultural marketing communications and is active in the Agricultural and Business Marketing Society (ABMS) and Collegiate Farm Bureau. He served as the campus ambassador for AFA last year before being selected through a competitive application process to represent his peers at the national level on the advisory team.

A major component of the Student Advisory Team responsibilities is the planning and delivery of the 2018 AFA Leaders Conference to be held in November in Kansas City, Mo. More than 800 delegates from across the nation will be selected to attend.

Wisconsin farm named a ‘dairy of distinction’

By Dairy Farmers of America
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Styer family, owners of Alfalawn Farm in Menomonie, Wis., has been named a 2018 Members of Distinction by Dairy Farmers of America (DFA).

The Members of Distinction program recognizes dairy farmers who excel on their operations, in their communities and in the industry. Honorees inspire others through their actions, leadership and involvement. They represent the best of the dairy industry.

DFA comprises more than 14,500 farmer-owners across the United States. Each year, one notable member farm from each of DFA’s seven regional Areas is selected to receive this honor. Alfalawn Farm represents the Cooperative’s Central Area. Continue reading “Wisconsin farm named a ‘dairy of distinction’”

Two LaClare cheeses win Good Food Awards

By MAA
MALONE, Wis.  — Selected on the merits of best agricultural practices and great taste, a pair of LaClare Family Creamery cheeses have won the nationally recognized 2018 Good Food Award.
The non-profit, San Francisco-based Good Food Foundation cited Wisconsin-based LaClare Family Creamery’s Evalon and Cave-Aged Chandoka cheeses at the top tier among the nation’s top cheeses. Continue reading “Two LaClare cheeses win Good Food Awards”

Honoring the land

Dairy earns conservation award

“We abuse land because we regard it as a
commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”
-Aldo Leopold,
Foreword, A Sand
County Almanac

Brickstead Dairy in Greenleaf, Wis., received the Aldo Leopold Conservation Award.

By Leah Call
MAA
After more than a decade of implementing conservation efforts at Brickstead Dairy in Greenleaf, Wis., fifth-generation farm owner Dan Brick feels optimistic about the land he will someday pass on to his three sons.

“I know my kids are going to have a tough time taking over the farm—hopefully we kind of turned the ship around, improving things going forward,” Brick said. “I can say I gave it my best effort to give my kids the opportunity to farm.”

Last December, Brick’s efforts were recognized when he received the Aldo Leopold Conservation Award, founded by the Sand County Foundation and presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association.

The award, bearing the name of famed conservationist Aldo Leopold, recognizes farmers throughout the United States for private land stewardship and outstanding conservation practices. Continue reading “Honoring the land”

Musqie Iatola Martha achieves Jersey cow greatness

By MAA
KAUKAUNA, Wis.  – Musqie Iatola Martha — a well-natured Jersey cow living in northeast Wisconsin — has officially solidified her reputation as  one the greatest bovines alive.
Possibly one of the greatest, ever.
The American Jersey Cattle Association, the organization that officially determines the overall quality of the cow, has upgraded Martha to the elite EX-97 score, making her only the seventh Jersey in history — and the only one currently alive — to reach that pinnacle. There is no higher
score.
The decision culminates a historic, three-year run in international show cow competitions during which Martha was named a three-time consecutive Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Supreme Champion, two-time World Dairy Expo Reserve Supreme Champion as well as WDE Supreme
Champion. Continue reading “Musqie Iatola Martha achieves Jersey cow greatness”

WI couple wins National Outstanding Young Farmers Award

By MAA
Sam and Jenn Zimmerman from Ringle, Wis., received a National Outstanding Young Farmer Award.
The Zimmermans operate On-Q Holsteins, where they raise 164 milking cows and 180 Holstein heifers on 450 acres. The use of genetic testing, embryo transfer, in-vitro fertilization and the use of sexed semen, have allowed them to isolate the “elites” in their herd and grow the genetics very quickly. This has produced cows scoring excellent, a recent Dam of Merit, 2016 progressive genetics award winner from the Holstein Association and five embryos being exported to France.
The other three national winners were: Robby and Stephanie Bevis from Arkansas, Ian and Val Plagge from Iowa and Nick and Sunny Cummings from Ohio.

LaClare Family Creamery wins Good Food Award

LaClare Family Creamery received a 2018 Good Food Award for its Evalon and Cave-Aged Chandoka cheeses.

By MAA

MALONE, Wis. — Selected on the merits of best agricultural practices and great taste, a pair of LaClare Family Creamery cheeses have won the nationally recognized 2018 Good Food Award.

The non-profit, San Francisco-based Good Food Foundation cited Wisconsin-based LaClare Family Creamery’s Evalon and Cave-Aged Chandoka cheeses at the top tier among the nation’s top cheeses.

“The 2018 Winners represent the vanguard in each of their industries, setting new standards for gastronomic excellence as well as social and environmental practices that have over time proven to be adopted by the rest of the industry,” the foundation reported. Continue reading “LaClare Family Creamery wins Good Food Award”