Next Generation Stories

Celebrate Wisconsin Dairy Farmers

Next Generation of Dairy Rock Stars

Dairy farming has a long history in Wisconsin and it wouldn’t survive without a new generation to carry on the tradition. New farmers are challenged with how to honor that history, while continuously innovating on-farm practices to keep Wisconsin at the forefront of the global dairy industry. The following dairy farmers are the next generation of dairy rock stars and we hope you’ll help us tell their stories.  

Farmer Stories

Want to talk with one of these or another industry-leading dairy farmer in your coverage area to learn more about their achievements? 
Contact Liz Fitzsimmons at 608-444-3820 / lfitzsimmons@wisconsindairy.org
 

Jazzy Jerseys

SYDNEY ENDRES

Sydney came up with the name of the Lodi, Wisconsin dairy farm as a young girl and now, plays an instrumental role in taking care of it. She understands how it’s a full-circle system. They take care of 700 cows that rely on the 1,200 acres of healthy land for their nutrition needs. The calf management techniques they implemented have led to significant herd growth. Sydney is also passionate about serving her community. In fact, her love of dairy and community led to a volunteer role at Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin where she helps prepare 'care boxes' for many who are struggling.  She also spearheaded a t-shirt fundraiser with a UW-Madison classmate at the start of the pandemic last year with proceeds going to provide milk to needy families. 

Kylecrest Holsteins & Jerseys, LLC

Hayden Kyle

Hayden is a second-generation dairy farmer located in Elkhorn, Wisconisn. After he graduated from college, he added Jersey cows to the farm. His top priorities are cow comfort and high-quality genetics, and he believes that doing things like using beach sand, which is soft and hygienic, and open air ventilation so the cows get fresh air, are vital to running a successful dairy farm today.

Trifecta Farms

Kari, Nick and Katy Schultz

These three siblings grew up on their parents’ dairy farm in Fox Lake, Wisconsin. At the advice of their mom and dad, they went off to college and gained other experience before coming back and buying cropland from their parents. The trio co-manages the farm, but each brings a different skill set and has very specific duties. Kari manages the financials; Katy manages the animals and Nick manages everything else from the crops to the marketing. Katy was named first runner-up for 2020 Wisconsin Outstanding Young Farmers Award and is currently serving as president of Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin’s Board of Directors.