Approximately 35 area residents visited the Steve and Mary Brand farm east of Ellsworth Wednesday for one of three dairy modernization tours organized by Pierce and St. Croix County UW-Extension offices last week. The Brand family has added new dairy replacement facilities to their operation. They were the second area dairy to invest in automated calf-feeding equipment. Other tours were at the Mike and Amanda Rohl farm southeast of Ellsworth and at the Wayne and Beverly Alverman farm near Deer Park.
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