By Tim Kowols
Sturgeon Bay farmer Rich Olson took advantage of his time overseas to see how his European counterparts do similar types of work. Over the holidays Olson and his family traveled to Norway and Sweden at the invitation of the foreign exchange student they hosted last year. Their host owns a sheep farm and works together with a dairy farm to do their cropping. Olson says the biggest difference outside of the breed of cow most used (Norwegian Red) is how they have to adjust their practices to their more northerly climate.
Olson says their manure spreading practices were about the same as Norwegian farms are typically smaller. According to the Scottish Farmer, many Norwegian dairy farms are part of a co-operative, which play a role in price setting and milk quotas.