This Fresh Curd Friday we’re introducing you to another WW Homestead Dairy farmer. Trent Walleser is the youngest son of Tom Walleser and just like his brother, Tanner, he started his farming journey at a young age. Trent’s main focus on the farm is herd health, milking and feeding calves.
Trent starts the morning early. The first chores of the day are milking and feeding calves. All the young calves are fed milk, a little grain and given fresh water. After milking and calf chores are finished he heads out to check on any cows or calves who need a little extra attention and treats them if needed. As herd manager, he spend a lot of time with the cows and calves making sure they are healthy and happy.
Trent handles most of the breeding at Walleser farms. His goals are to breed high quality heifers for milk quality, good udders and good feet. He watches the cows daily for heats and then matches them with a bull to balance out their strengths and weaknesses.
Checking cows, breeding and taking care of calves take up most of Trent’s day but, you also might find him checking on the beef herd. By afternoon he is back in the milk parlor and hanging out with the milk cows again. During haying & corn season Trent runs the chopper, making sure to put up high quality feeds for the cow herd that they will feed year-round.
Trent spends most of his time as herdsman on the farm, but when he has time you can find him relaxing with a few drinks or on the Mississippi. Trent’s favorite WW Homestead Dairy product is Cookie Dough ice cream.