I know the work I do here makes a difference
Maple Leaf Dairy
Dairy Focus Consultant: Bennett Crochet
- Milks three times-a-day in an 80-stall rotary parlor
- 11,500 cow dairy in east-central Wisconsin
- Almost doubled in size during the past ten years
“It wasn’t the plan, but it became the plan.” These are the words of third generation dairy farmer, Kristin Leiteritz, at Maple Leaf Dairy. She says she never dreamed of having a career in the dairy industry, but it only took a few days of working on her father’s dairy farm for Kristin to recognize her passion, and she’s been there ever since. “I never thought I could care for cows as much as I do,” Kristin said. “I know the work I do here makes a difference. When you help a cow get better, it really means a lot to me.”
In 1976, Tod Leiteritz started Maple Leaf Dairy in Cleveland, WI. Kristin has since followed in her father’s footsteps, and now works with Crystal Benhke, Maple Leaf’s Operation Manager, to operate and manage one of the largest dairy farms in Wisconsin.
Kristin credits Maple Leaf’s success to “a lot of good people who really know what they’re doing.” This includes Cargill Dairy Focus Consultant (DFC), Bennett Crochet. With more than 11,500 cows and additional livestock on multiple sites, Crochet provides a critical eye that helps the dairy succeed. “Bennett’s really good at what he does. He makes nutrition look easy,” says Crystal. “Bennet is anticipating things and helping us plan ahead. He knows the farm really well.”
From overcoming health challenges to monitoring herd performance, Bennett has helped Maple Leaf Dairy grow healthy animals and produce quality milk while pushing towards their future goals. “We’ve had very healthy cows since we moved to Cargill.” Crystal states. “It’s really helped grow this herd to the way it is and it’s made a major impact.”
Learn more about how Cargill is utilizing people and resources to also help the calf and heifer program at Maple Leaf Dairy thrive.