Client Highlight: Robert Makovec

Makovec Continues Century-Old Tradition in Style Nestled in the midst of the green hills in Southwestern Wisconsin, “Lazy M Acres,” a 101-year-old farm is run by Robert Makovec of Muscoda, Wis.  Makovec’s grandfather bought the original 40 acres many years ago to begin the strong tradition of the Makovec dairy operation.  The farm was honored at the 2003 Wisconsin State Fair when it became a Century Farm. “I was born and raised on this farm,” said Makovec as he looked across the barnyard to the rolling hills that surrounded his land.  The 230 acres of corn, alfalfa and soybeans, along with the 65 head of dairy cows keeps Makovec busy almost every minute of the day. About 12 years ago, Makovec began to have problems with his knees.  He began by getting a quarter-knee replacement, but in 1999, the entire knee was replaced.  In 2002, his hip was replaced with a steel plate, ...
March 24, 2016
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Client Highlight: Harry Jascor

“Harry” Breaking the Communication Barrier Harry Jascor of Withee, Wisconsin is a farmer who wants to improve his dairy herd, increase his milk production, grow better crops and improve his way of life for himself and his family. This is a common desire for many farm families throughout Wisconsin. However, because Harry and his family are hearing impaired, they have not been able to get the information they need to make those necessary changes. Farming information, such as cropping strategies and cattle breeding, traditionally travels by word of mouth from farmer to farmer. Other information can come through the local county extension agent and farmer-member organizations. Harry and his family had difficulties tapping into this realm of information and knowledge because they could not easily communicate with the people around them. In the past, Harry has tried to learn new techniques from agricultural experts by writing notes back and forth. “Notes are very difficult,” ...
March 10, 2016
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Client Highlight: Mary Dunn

Farming is not an easy life, but if you love it there is nothing that can make you turn away from that lifestyle. This holds true for Mary Dunn, co-owner of the Dunndale Swiss Farms, in rural Southwestern Wisconsin. The challenges Mary has faced would deter many from continuing to farm, but she faced those challenges head-on, and with a bit of help she is still farming today. After attending college, Mary returned to her family’s dairy farm in the 1970’s and jumped right in with all of the chores, including milking. Soon after her return home, Mary started experiencing pain, which is attributed to arthritis. The arthritis, which was primarily in her knees and feet, is exceedingly common among dairy farmers. This pain was on and off for about five years when it became a larger problem, afflicting not only Mary’s feet and knees, but also her back, hips and ...
February 25, 2016
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