Thirty-nine dairy producers across the state are receiving Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30x20 grants that will allow them to take steps in becoming more profitable and productive.
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection made the grant award announcement today noting that several of the projects include transition planning that will keep farms in the family for the next generation and allow those farms to keep supplying quality milk to meet Wisconsin's needs.
"Transitioning the farm to the next generation family member can be a challenging process both financially and emotionally," said DATCP Secretary Ben Brancel. "It's good to see farmers who are planning ahead and will use their Dairy 30x20 award to help make the transfer of ownership go as smoothly as possible. That's good for the farm families and good for the future of Wisconsin agriculture".
This year's recipients plan to improve production and profitability by implementing such things as improvements in nutrition and herd health programs, organizing efficient business planning processes, or installing robotic milkers and milking parlors. One recipient will develop an on-farm research project that will result in a best management practices manual for better newborn calf care.
Introduced by Gov. Scott Walker in 2012, the Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30x20 initiative provides up to $5,000 to a farmer for hiring consultants with the expertise to address these types of specific business needs. Cost share payments by the farmer are required at 20% of the total grant amount. This year's award total came to $190,617.
The goal is to help improve an individual farm's profitability, ensure the long-term vitality of the state's dairy industry and meet the growing demand of the marketplace. By doing this, Wisconsin's dairy industry should be able to reach a production target of 30 billion pounds of milk by 2020.
The latest Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30x20 recipients are:
Baerwolf Dairies LLC, Sun Prairie; Ronald Baus, Mount Calvary; Dean Bender, Dorchester; Jeremy Brady, Tigerton; Neil Breunig, Lodi; Brickstead Dairy LLC, Greenleaf; William Ciolkosz, Thorp; Ti-Shi Dairy Inc., Elmwood; Collins Dairy LLC, Greenleaf; Dopp Dairy Domain Inc., Wild Rose; Scott Drinkman, Downing; Ryan Dunnum, Westby; Double Nickel Dairy LLC, Pulaski; Holtland Holsteins, LLC, Gennimore; Kauer Farms, Walworth; Lulich Farms, Inc., Mason; Hardscrabble Farm, Jim Falls; Dwight Mayer, Slinger; Mell-wood LLC, Waunakee; Cheeseville Dairy LLC, West Bend; Brain Micke, Brillion; Martin Mulcahy, Dane; Sunrise Acres of Waldo LLP, Waldo; Naumann Farms LLC, Cecil; Larrand Dairy Inc., De Pere; D & T Dairy LLC, Fox Lake; David Peasley, Black River Falls; Steven W. Pfaff, Alma Center; Ripp's Wauna-Dairy, Waunakee; Howard Robertson, Ogema; Jerome Schroth Family Dairy, Shiocton; Schuh Homestead Farm, Brillion; Siegmund Farm LLC, Dewaunee; Genart Hillcrest Farm, LLC, St. Cloud; Millers Osceden Acres Inc., Eden; Paul Van Gheem, De Pere; Dale L. Wagner, Manitowoc; Larson Acres, Evansville.