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If you give a kid a halter, he’ll ask for a calf. Because who wants to jump rope with a halter? It’s best used to walk a calf around.

If you give a kid a calf, he’ll ask for some feed. After all, calves are like you and me. They need plenty of food and water to grow big and beautiful.

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One day in late July, our neighbor’s field started on fire. He was baling wheat straw, and it has been an extremely dry year in Michigan. A tiny spark started almost an entire field on fire, and it almost burned down a house and barn next to the field.

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Cooper Miles Moore joined our brood of little farm boys on April 28. Eight days later, I was more than ready to get back in the barn and get back to normal life. Here we are, nearly three months later, and Mr. Cooper still isn’t the farming type. I swear, no matter what we try, that little guy is one step ahead of us.

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I think we all have that handful of Facebook friends who share everything that has ever been posted about dairy. Health benefits of milk? Share! New research on the positives of GMOs? Share! Cute cow photo? Share! Well I will let you in on a little secret – I am that friend. Yes, that is right. Take a look at my social media pages.

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The road to the milk pricing transparency provided by Pennsylvania House Bill 1265 has been a lonely one for the state’s dairy farmers. Many of the farm groups and organizations, which supposedly exist to serve and represent the interests of farmers, have chosen to remain silent and not take a position. Some groups, such as PennAg Industries Association, have even taken the official position of opposing this bill.

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The second weekend in June, I spent about four hours talking to consumers at a local Dairy Days event with Midwest Dairy. The goal was to share information about dairy farming and dairy products with consumers in our community. Our booth was frequented by mostly parents with young children.

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