By Tim Kowols
From animal science classes across the state to farms in Kewaunee County, the dairy industry is seeing more women becoming an integral part of it. According to the Associated Press, women are making up the majority of animal science major applicants at schools like UW-River Falls and others are heading back to the farm after giving a different career a try. Julie Siegmund from Siegmund Farm in Kewaunee started working full-time on the farm in 2013 and says some jobs like caring for calves just come natural to women.
Michelle Kasten from Sal-Kast Dairy in Luxemburg still keeps her job in Green Bay, but says even working part-time on the farm is a hard but rewarding career.
One group reaching out to women in the industry is the Dairy Girl Network, which has hosted national and regional events over the last two years.