District 15 (Adams, Juneau and Monroe counties)
Candidate: Sandra Madland
Farm Name: Lyndell Dairy
County of Residence: Juneau
When did you begin dairy farming? May 10, 1991
How many cows do you milk? 400 cows
Where do you ship your milk? Foremost Farms USA
Please name any ag-related organizations or affiliations you belong to:
Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin
Dairy Business Association
Juneau Co. Farm Bureau
Wisconsin Holstein Association
Juneau Co. 4-H
Juneau Co. Fair Dairy Committee
Juneau Co. Dairy Promotion Board
Wisconsin Dells Friends of FFA
Juneau Co. Ag Industry and Recreation Society
Have you (or your farm) received special recognition or won any relevant awards?
Foremost Farms Excellent Quality Producer 2006-2012
Wisconsin DATCP Division of Food Safety Achievement Award for Outstanding Milk Quality and Commendable Farm Conditions
Our farm and family have been featured on the front page of the Agri-View and the Wisconsin State Farmer, highlighting our start in farming and innovative use of team meetings.
In 2012, I received the Wisconsin Holstein Association Young Adult Educational Scholarship.
Why do you want to serve on the WMMB Board?
There are some exciting developments taking place in the dairy market place nowadays. Consumers are asking for new and different ways to enjoy dairy products, and processors are answering that need with healthy snack-sized dairy products. Our dairy products are finding homes well beyond our state's borders. The international demand for high quality dairy products is expanding at a rapid pace and Wisconsin dairy farms can be proud to supply the milk needed for those exports. Only by taking a step off the farm and into the marketplace can we truly hope to shape the future of the dairy industry in Wisconsin into a sustainable and profitable business for our state's dairy producers, large or small. In our industry we are blessed to be working with a pure, healthy, basic food of life: Milk. I am excited by the possibility of working with other WMMB directors, my fellow district 15 dairy producers and our dairy processors to expand our marketing opportunities for this special product. Serving on the WMMB would give me the chance to contribute my passion for my cows, my drive for success in my business and my commitment to the sustainability of our state's greatest industry. It is the perfect time to come together to brainstorm, implement and evaluate the efforts we need to showcase and market the thing that only we can produce – Wisconsin milk and milk products.
What else should dairy producers in your area know about you?
My husband Troy and I are first generation dairy farmers. Without family support, we started dairying with 32 cows in a rented barn. Through many hours of sweat equity and careful financial planning, we have been able to grow our business to 400 cows and 1,600 acres today. Over the years, we have had many individuals and organizations help us to succeed. In return, I try to do what I can to give back. I am involved in many youth oriented groups – Juneau Co. 4-H, Lyndon Pioneers 4-H Club Co-Leader, Juneau County Fair Dairy Committee Chair and Dairy Barn Superintendent. I have helped revitalize our Juneau Co. Dairy Promotion Board and attended WMMB sponsored training for county promotion groups. Our family enjoys the opportunities we get to promote dairy at events like the Juneau Co. Dairy Best Breakfast, Juneau County Fair, Wisconsin State Fair and the Wo-Zha-Wa Festival in Wisconsin Dells. Annually we host a "Day on the Farm" for our Wisconsin Dells School District 3rd and 4th graders to experience what it is like to live and work on a dairy farm.