The Dairy Days

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    Wyatt Schwoeppe, 19, ushered a group of breeding heifers from the pasture to the feeding pen near the barn on the morning of June 6 on his family's dairy farm in Huntingburg. The Schwoeppe farm — operated by Wyatt, his parents Darren and Sam, his brother, Ethan, 18, and grandmother, Valeria — is one of seven operating dairy farms in Dubois County. Seven year ago, there were 18 dairy farms in the county. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Ethan, left, and Wyatt worked together to assemble a new hay rake on the family dairy farm May 22. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Several juvenile heifers grazed in a pasture on the Schwoeppe's dairy farm in Huntingburg on May 21. The heifers will eventually be added to the milking group or sold to another farm. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Sam, left, and her son Wyatt chatted while milking the cows the afternoon of March 25. More than 90 cows are milked twice each day. The first milking typically begins at about 3 a.m. and the second usually takes place 12 hours later. The milking parlor can handle 10 cows at a time. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Just before 4 a.m. on June 6, Wyatt drove a tractor to begin making feed for the cattle. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Then a Southridge High School senior, Ethan, left, and classmate Dominic Souders worked on rebuilding the engine in Ethan's truck April 28 during the automotive technologies class at SHS. Ethan will begin classes at Ivy Tech Community College in Evansville next month. He plans to become an electrician. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Wyatt heaved a bale of hay on top of a growing stack of bales May 21 in the loft above one of the barns on the family farm. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Wyatt fed the recently born calves fresh milk on the afternoon of March 25. About 120 calves are born on the farm each year. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Sam Schwoeppe, middle, squeezed Wyatt in a headlock after posing for a photograph with Ethan following Ethan's graduation from Southridge High School on May 16 at Huntingburg Memorial Gym. Wyatt graduated from Southridge in 2013. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald