World Dairy Expo virtual tour features Pipestone farm

Event is Sept. 28 through Oct. 2.


MADISON, Wisconsin — Two of the eight featured dairies for this year’s World Dairy Expo Virtual Farm Tours hail from Minnesota — Newalta Dairy LLC of Pipestone, and Hendrickson Dairy of Menahga.

Newalta Dairy LLC, will present its virtual tour at noon Sept. 28. After moving from Canada to Minnesota in 2006, Newalta Dairy has invested in animals and facilities to improve safety, animal welfare and overall efficiencies on the dairy. Owned and operated by John and Berlinda Vander Wal, along with their son, Ian, and daughter, Alisha Ekkel, and her husband, Trevor, management decisions on capital spending are made based on long-term goals and future returns to better ensure the operation’s success.

Milking 3,300 Holstein cows in a double-40 parallel parlor and a double-12 parallel parlor, three times a day, Newalta Dairy has a rolling herd average of 27,000 pounds of milk with 3.9% fat and 3.2% protein. Their cows are housed in a series of freestall barns that rely on tunnel and natural ventilation.

Calves are sent to a heifer raiser in Kansas and are brought back to Minnesota two months before calving. Newalta Dairy focuses its breeding program on balancing type and production throughout its herd.

The Vander Wals also farm 1,200 acres of corn, alfalfa, rye, sorghum and grass, and use cover crops to help with soil erosion. They are involved in their community through 4-H, the American Dairy Association and Dairy Herd Information Association, and were previously awarded Pipestone County Farm Family of the Year.


World Dairy Expo, held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis., is Sept. 28 through Oct. 2.

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