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From the Editor

Read comments from Progressive Dairyman editors related to each print issue of the print magazine, ranging from the origin of specific magazine articles to thoughts about industry trends.

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To the Progressive Publishing team, it feels like the beginning of a new year. Our staff was hard at work over the summer, finalizing issue dates, establishing deadlines and discussing plans for 2015. We held our annual company meeting at the end of August to analyze the past year and take note of improvement areas.

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I have to admit that I wanted to write this editorial just because the headline is so intriguing. When I teased the idea of it to my fellow editors Emily Caldwell, Peggy Coffeen and Karen Lee, they said they wanted to read a draft when it was ready.

What follows is mostly a travelog, but it does have a happy ending.

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In the July 19 issue of Progressive Dairyman, my colleague Peggy Coffeen confessed to us readers that she has felt like kind of an outsider. She’s writing for a commercial dairy magazine, but she not-so-secretly (at least anymore) loves flashy show cows.

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If this issue’s contents have two underlying themes, they relate to planning ahead to avoid common herd health challenges on your dairies and the transfer of your business to the next generation.

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Dearn Editor:

Here is my op-ed response to the recent article by Emily Meredith. Thank you for the opportunity.I was disappointed to see a recent article by Emily Meredith from the Animal Agriculture Alliance in Progressive Dairyman.

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I have a confession to make. I love pretty cows.

It’s true. They are my guilty pleasure. There is something beautiful and majestic about a cow that stands 65 inches tall at the hip, with her long, lean neck stretched out as she glides around a show ring. Silky, shiny and ultra-dairy, with ribs wide enough to fit a fist between and an out-of-this-world udder glossed up and bagged tight with milk.

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