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Manage dairy employees, establish farm protocols, take on milk marketing, and become more confident in your farm financials.

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The 2016 Women in Dairy Conference, held Nov. 2 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, closed out with a panel discussion on the topic of farm diversification. The panel featured three female dairy farmers who opened up about how they have diversified their family operations.

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Changing weather patterns across the U.S. has meant dealing with more mud for some graziers.

Dirty cows are an issue, but University of Wisconsin Extension ag agent Vance Haugen said mud can also have an effect on cows’ feet and legs, somatic cell count – and can even make grasses unpalatable.

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Dairy producers are held to high standards. Day after day, farmers are expected to produce consistently high-quality milk. Working with their employees and business partners, they strive to reproduce results seamlessly, fine-tuning and improving management practices when required.

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Post-harvest season is the ideal time to formulate the next silage campaign. John Goeser walks you through the elements of planning that campaign for success (and you may need to take exit polls on your current bunker or pile … ).

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More and more frequently, Tom was saying he’d had enough. He wasn’t one to complain but, at 67 years old, he was getting tired. Though he loved the farm and everybody around him knew it, the worry lines on his face were a bit more pronounced each day.

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Doing business in America is often a family affair. Indeed, Forbes estimates that 90 percent of U.S. businesses are owned or controlled by a family – a truly startling statistic. But this statistic covers a wide array of set-ups. The struggles of the Cargill clan, one of the richest families in the world, are quite different from those of small-town suppliers and most family farms.

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