They have grown in steps over the years and are now comprised of 3,750 cows maintaining a rolling herd average of 27,500 pounds of milk. It is known as one of the largest registered Holstein herds in the U.S.
They also farm nearly 8,000 acres of cropland. Green’s son, Craig, and daughter-in-law, Darcy, now handle the day-to-day operations at Green Meadow Farms, but the elder Green says he is still there to put in his “two cents worth” from time to time. The farm has been instrumental in research about animal nutrition, breeding and environmental issues. Providing an “on farm” laboratory provides important research findings in the dairy industry that benefit all dairy operations. In 2005, Green Meadow Farms opened an on-site teaching laboratory for students in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University, offering hands-on training.
DAIRY WOMAN OF THE YEAR: Karyn Schauf
Karyn Schauf For Dairywoman of the Year Karyn Schauf, the goal has always been to surround herself with good people. Whether it’s the veterinarian, nutritionist or financial adviser, it’s important to seek out and work with a team of advisers that you can trust to lead you forward, she says.
This kind of expertise is needed, she says, because farming has become so complicated and is changing so fast. “The littlest attention to detail can be so significant,” she adds.
Another lesson: Build on one’s strengths. Schauf and her husband, Bob, have chosen to concentrate on the cows over the years. Currently, they have 250 head, including milk cows, dry cows and young stock on a farm in northwest Wisconsin.
They have stayed with their own tried-and-true breeding philosophy, sticking with things they believe in no matter what others might say.
Playing on one’s strengths is a common theme when talking to Schauf. It even permeates her attitude toward social media. While a number of farmers have chosen to use social media like Facebook or Twitter to reach consumers, Schauf would rather host farm tours or speak in front of civic groups. Social media is just not her thing.
“My strength is not social media,” she says, though adding she is glad that others are willing to try it. Schauf is certainly not shy about promoting agriculture. She has served as president of the Barron County (Wis.) Farm Bureau for the past five years. She just completed a multiple-year commitment on the Wisconsin Farm Technology Day Executive Committee