June 16 2014 07:58 AM

Two Iowa dairies provided striking photos and learning opportunities

The Hoard's Dairyman editorial team takes great pride in providing our readers with high-quality articles and photos reflective of the current dairy industry. An annual photography road trip allows our editorial team an opportunity to expand their skillset and capture scenic dairy images. The images are then added to our stock photography collection for future issues. The six-person team departed from Fort Atkinson, Wis., on June 2 at 6:15 a.m. and returned at 7:45 p.m. after touring and shooting pictures on two photogenic Iowa dairies.

The first stop was the picturesque Reuter Farms, owned and operated by Rick and Dan Reuter in Peosta, Iowa. Not only do the Reuters keep one of the tidiest farms in the nation, but they also excel at finding handy uses for common and uncommon items. Reuters milk over 950 Holsteins in a double-12 herringbone parlor.

The second stop was at Rolling Prairie Farms in Garnavillo, Iowa. Dan and Ann Walther, along with sons Jaaron and Jordan and daughter Jillian Heavens run day-to-day operations on the 1,100-acre farm. Milking 200-plus registered Guernseys, the home farm was originally purchased in 1883 by Ann's great-great-grandfather.

The Hoard's Dairyman editorial team extends our sincerest thanks to both of these dairies for graciously accepting us onto their farms to further our learning and make the next issue our best.
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The author, Ali Enerson, was the special publications editor, responsible for books, plans, distribution of the e-newsletter and various internal communication pieces. She grew up on a 60-cow dairy in northwest Wisconsin, and is a graduate of University of Wisconsin–Madison with a degree in life sciences communications.