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Famo Feeds Inc., of Freeport, Minnesota, is an unusual livestock feed maker for Minnesota because an independent, family-owned manufacturer has its own brand of feed. The company’s colorful logo is a curiosity for the thousands of motorists and customers traveling along Interstate 94, en route to and from the Twin Cities.
The annual Crow Wing County Dairy Days took place Thursday, June 30, at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds in Brainerd.
Dairy farmers and Culver’s in Baxter celebrated National Dairy Month with a cow-milking contest at Culver’s featuring Princess Kay of the Milky Way. The June 16 event was sponsored by the Crow Wing County Dairy Association, Culver’s, Crow Wing County Farm Bureau and the Brainerd FFA.
The public is invited to the event, which will feature area dignitaries and Princess Kay of the Milky Way at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at Culver’s.

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Quaal Dairy in Otter Tail County sold off most of its herd in April. Vernon Quaal says the 2021 drought drastically cut into its feed supply and the rising prices for feed made maintaining the 300 cow herd unstainable. Quaal says many dairies are suffering. But he is determined to build back up, with a crop of bred heifers ready to calve in September.
Along with honoring the dairy royalty April 9, the Butterknife Award will be presented to a business that serves and promotes dairy products and the Milk Pitcher Award will be given to someone in the county who has been generous in supporting the dairy industry.
Crow Wing County also has an ambassador program that welcomes teens, male or female, between the ages of 13 and 24 to help the princesses promote the dairy industry.
Zweber Family Farms of Elko, Minnesota, and Buck Dairy Farm of Goodhue, Minnesota, have been with Organic Valley since the start of a boom for the entire organic industry.
Mike and Joan Gilles, who milk about 110 cows and have 100 acres of open ground for pasture grass with another 150 acres of land they rent for growing forages, hosted a pasture walk on June 15 sponsored by the Sustainable Farming Association and the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship.
In celebration of its 100th anniversary and a two-year major expansion project of the milk processing facility in Litchfield, the First District Association sponsored a community project involving nonprofit organizations painting life-size statues of cows and calves that are now located outdoors at public and business venues. The Downtown Cowtown project culminates Aug. 26 when the statues will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to the nonprofit organizations.

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Retired dairy farmer and musician Fred Walter writes song lyrics from poems written by his father on the walls of the family's barn.
A recap of the fluid (drinking) milk history of the U.S., even as dairy product consumption and production rise. Focuses on the demise of delivery trucks like the one that John and Sharon Larson of Moorhead, Minn., in companion story.
Car collector John Larson and his wife, Sharon, of Moorhead, Minn., are new owners of 1939 International dairy delivery truck they acquired in 2017. The truck was likely used for delivering in Duluth, Minn. It is decorated with logos from Arkulary's Grocery of Duluth, Minn., a family that was important in the city's retail food business.

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