Mature Holstein cows in barn

FreshMade Dairy is a 600-cow dairy farm 2 miles down the road from the home farm. The one-of-a-kind facility is exclusively designed for cows at least four years old. 

In response to high levels of both personal and financial farm stress, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach is giving farmers some time away.

Extension is hosting a Northwest Iowa “Farm Couple Getaway” where farmers can participate in activities to improve farm family communication, farm and family goal-setting, farm transition, or just take weekend away to discuss farm and farm family priorities.

This “getaway” will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22 at the Lakeshore Center at Okoboji near Milford. It is one of four getaways scheduled across the state.

The “getaways” run from 12:30 p.m. on the first day to 3:15 p.m. on the second day. There is no cost to attend the program as food, lodging and other expenses are being paid for by sponsors. There is a $50 per couple deposit to hold each reservation, refundable on the second day of the getaway.

Past farm couple getaways have proven to be beneficial to couples, organizers said.

“They are a very productive and delightful time to discuss items of importance to help farms and families be successful,” said Larry Tranel, ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Field Specialist.

Each getaway will consist of 10 farm couples and ISU Extension facilitators. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis with registrations due two weeks prior to each session.

A registration brochure for the Feb. 21-22 Milford getaway can be found at

Find more information about the other sites from Jenn Bentley ( at the ISU Extension and Outreach Winneshiek County Office at 563-382-2949; Fred Hall ( at the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County Office at 712-737-4230; and/or Larry Tranel ( at the ISU Extension and Outreach Dubuque County Office at 563-583-6496.