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“Angels don’t always come in white robes with wings; angels also can come as little Brown Swiss heifers.” —Anita van der Laan

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For many years, the Fry family in Chestertown, Maryland, was able to straddle the line of conventional farmer and organic farmer. In 2000, the family began producing organic grain and forage because Horizon had moved one of their dairies to nearby Kennedyville.

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Farmers markets represent several different opportunities for dairy producers. For some, they provide a chance to branch out and expand business, and for others they’re a great point of contact for outreach in the community.

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Chad Sime was ready to quit grazing. It was labor-intensive and stressful to him and his cows. He says there was no “natural flow” to it, and the inconvenience of moving cows was actually hampering his decision-making when it came to things like soil conservation.

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Milking 2,000 cows and growing 4,700 acres of crops on the other side of the equator is vastly different from dairying in the U.S. James Mann of Donovan’s Dairy opened up about the dairy business in Australia at the recent Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference held in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

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