Mexican Dairy Farmers Certified in Buffalo County

Another day on the farm is the norm for Felicitas.

She's originally from Mexico, but opportunity brought her to the Danzinger Farms of Buffalo County.

"My brother was already here...He told me this was a very beautiful country."

Two and a half years ago, a vacancy on the farm was her ticket in. Now this could be her ticket out.

Felicitas is the only woman to receive a Dairy Technician Certificate in the U.S.

18 other Mexican dairy workers were awarded their diplomas too.

It's the result of eight hours of finding out how to prevent disease in cattle and keeping her cool on the job.

"That way they won't get nervous when you're milking them."

What she's learned has made her an enterprising dairy farmer.

"She has pointed out things to me after taking this course."

There's also a great opportunity for her boss in all this. Next month, he plans to go down to Mexico, stay with Felicitas' farm family, and exchange ideas in farming.

When he gets back, his graduate probably won't stay for the long haul.

"This will open up more facilities for us to work in Mexico," she said.

Felicitas' plan is to be working there again in two months. Evidence of why there is such a demand for these folks.

"The unemployment rate is very low in Buffalo County and we really need these people to do this work," farm owner Dave Danzinger said.

This symbolizes how we can work together," said Nathan Wolf of St. Paul Minnesota's Consul of Mexico

The good news is that Felicitas wants to start her own farm someday. One that won't necessarily be south of the border, or outside of Wisconsin for that matter.

"I like it, so I'm gonna possibly return back."

If that's the case, she'll be well-suited to spend another day on the farm as it's owner, as well as its milker.


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