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Slideshow: Dairy producers who give back

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Features - Producers
Friday, 21 November 2014 14:06

This holiday season, here are a few examples of the generosity and kindness of fellow dairymen and women who have unselfishly dedicated their time and talents to causes greater than themselves, their families and their farms.

Oregon dairyman and minister Louie Kazemier built a faith-based summer retreat center free to special needs children and their families. Chuck and Cathy McCune started an annual fundraiser for cancer in the form of a neighborhood tractor show and potluck, also known as the “Cowabunga Classic.” The All-American Dairy Foundation (AADF) started the “Cull for Kids” campaign. Producers can sign over a check from a market cow to the AADF to support Premier National Junior Events at the All-American Dairy Show.  PD

Check out the photos from the various charitable programs:


Female dairy artists bring out cows’ personalities in paintings

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Features - Women in Dairy
Written by Holly Drankhan   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 11:57

Lisa RasmussenIf the pictures by Valerie Miller, Emma Caldwell and Lisa Rasmussen were each worth 1,000 words, bovines could at last speak. While their vocalizations still remain untranslatable, the subjects of these artists’ paintings possess a personality all their own.


Long Meadow Farm brings fresh life to dairy site

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Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   
Thursday, 30 October 2014 13:24

long meadow farm barnLike a breath of fresh air, the Feldpausch family has brought new life to a two-decade-old Colorado dairy, transforming a dated site into a technologically advanced facility poised for the future.

Chuck and Nora Feldpausch, dairy producers originally from Michigan, sought to create a sustainable business model and lifestyle for their young family. After evaluating both green field sites and existing operations, they came across a location near Greeley that met their needs.


HERd management: Open your barn doors to gain perspective

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Features - Women in Dairy
Written by Jennifer Heim   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 12:42

females on farmI keep reading that we farmers need to open our barn doors to share the happenings of our operations with the public.


Why we chose robots: Cottonwood Ridge Dairy

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Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:24

Brad, Monica, Brittany and Stephanie NussbaumEarlier this year, South Dakota’s first robotic dairy opened its doors for business, and the Nussbaum family couldn’t be happier with their new milking facility.

Brad and Monica Nussbaum have farmed for over three decades near Garretson, South Dakota, just shy of the Minnesota line. As daughters Brittany and Stephanie, both South Dakota State University graduates, showed intentions of returning to the dairy, the family decided to take the next step toward the future.


Irrigation improvements save Nevada dairy owners from drought

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Written by Heather Emmons   
Monday, 27 October 2014 11:26


Turn on any news station or open a newspaper in Nevada, and you’ll see the effects of the severe drought, now in its third year in the Silver State. It is leaving farmers and ranchers devastated.


Conversions add comfort at Nehls Brothers Dairy

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Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 14:26

Jerry GaskaChange can be a good thing, especially when it is followed by positive results like increased milk production, reduced culling and longer productive life.

Nehls Brothers Dairy, a 1,900-cow operation owned by Greg and Royce Nehls located near Juneau, Wisconsin, is reaping the rewards of a series of cow-comfort improvements including stall renovations, sand bedding and improved footing.


5 Things I can't do without: Jim Hooper

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Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 08:31

Jim and Mary HooperFor 25 years, Jim Hooper has canvased the south-central Minnesota countryside as a hoof health professional. Coming from a family of hoof trimmers, Hooper is passionate about his work and takes seriously his role in improving animal health and well-being on the dairies he trims.



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