OSSEO, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The dairy industry is still struggling, and farmers are having to make major adjustments to stay afloat. Tonight, in Harvesting Heroes, First News at Nine’s Sarah Winkelmann explains how one western Wisconsin farmer is getting creative to keep her farm.
At Inga Witscher’s Farm in Osseo, it’s all about her cows.
Inga Witscher, Inga Witscher’s Farm owner, said, “They graze during the season on native pastures, clovers and beautiful grasses.”
She recently downsized her farm from 40 cows down to just 7 jersey cows.
“The thing about jersey’s too is they all have a unique personality,” said Witscher.
Some are camera shy, others not so much. But no matter their personality, all 7 are doing their job.
Witscher said, “They are doing really good too with milk production on grass, it’s just incredible.”
Each morning she milks the cows and their milk heads straight to the creamery where her dad is waiting to start making cheese.
“And then we go through a whole cheddaring process, which is basically just getting all of the whey out of the cheese curds and then we process it,” said Witscher.
After they press the cheese, it sits, aging to increase the flavor.
“We really are kind of mimicking the British traditional cheddar,” said Witscher.
It’s just Inga, her dad and whole lot of cheese.
“I didn’t know that I was going to love it this much to tell you the truth, said Witscher.
Not only is it fun, but it helps keep the farm afloat.
“I had to rethink what I am going to do to be able to keep farming and one of those possibilities was turning my milk into a value-added product,” said Witscher.
Satisfying the state’s craving and giving the farm a cheesy solution to satisfy the state’s craving. Making a cheesy solution that much more satisfying.
“I never thought it was going to be this exciting, I never thought it was going to be this fulfilling and it’s just wonderful to be a part of that process.”