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5 Things I can't do without: Martin Gomez, Aardema Dairies

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Features - Producers
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   
Thursday, 09 April 2015 14:19

Martin GomezHerd manager Martin Gomez oversees the reproduction program for Aardema Dairies’ 11,600 cows. Based in Wendell, Idaho, the dairy operates at five different sites, with a milking herd of 35 percent Jerseys and 65 percent Holsteins.

 

HERd management: Don’t compare yourself to the fairy-tale farm

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Features - Women in Dairy
Written by Morgan Kliebenstein   
Tuesday, 07 April 2015 15:28

females on farm

Feelings of envy and guilt washed over me. “How does she do it?” I muttered to myself. “What’s her secret?

 

Women’s work: Operating equipment isn't just for the boys

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Features - Women in Dairy
Written by Jennifer Bradley   
Thursday, 02 April 2015 13:54

Lori Butler

Jennifer Warner from New Holstein, Wisconsin, may have spent five years in the U.S. Air Force, but on her family farm is where she is most comfortable and can be found today. She isn’t afraid to drive a tractor alongside her male counterparts, either.

 

Pauly Paul: The dairy ‘fix-it’ man

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Features - Consultants
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   
Thursday, 26 March 2015 14:50

Pauly paulWho do dairies call when their management is in need of repair? The fix-it man. With a little ingenuity and some elbow grease, Pauly Paul turns downtrodden dairies into fine-tuned machines.

Paul’s business card says “Dairy Management Consultant.” However, he is not the kind that comes out in khaki pants for a day to tell you how to run your dairy from a boardroom table. Instead, he shows you.

 

Banker leaves his mark on the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association

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Features - Producers
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   
Thursday, 26 March 2015 13:27

Jack and Judy BankerJack Banker has spent the past two years leading the Dairy Calf & Heifer Association the same way he runs his own heifer-raising operation: with passion and dedication.

 

15-year-old freestall barn gets a facelift at Larson Acres

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Features - Producers
Written by Maria F. McGinnis   

Larson Acres sign
A 15-year-old building may seem new to some, but for Mike Larson, general manager at Larson Acres, their barn built in 1998 was in need of some updates. “We’ve learned a lot about cow comfort in 15 years,” Larson says.

 

Hemdale Farms finds success with robots despite challenges

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Features - Producers
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Karen Lee   
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 15:02

Hemdale Farms in Seneca Castle, New York, installed its first automatic milking units in 2007. Two years later, the parlor ceased operation, and since then the number of robots has steadily increased.

 

Why we chose robots: Featuring Austin Farms

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Features - Producers
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 13:40

Ron, Janie and Jim AustinFor the Austin family of southwest Washington, robots were the answer to a needed milking center upgrade that would carry them into the future.

Ron is the fifth generation on this organic dairy farm. His parents, Jim and Janie, remain a staple part of the operation, which includes 120 rotationally grazed milking cows and an additional 300 head of youngstock.

 


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