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Clean Slate: Tornado rips through Rolling View Dairy

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Features - Producers
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   
Monday, 09 March 2015 13:31


Event: Tornado
Total property damage: More than $1 million
Injury or losses to cattle: A dozen cows lost


Dairy technology adoption allows for better collection of data

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Features - Producers
Written by Sara Kitchen   
Friday, 06 March 2015 16:12

calf hutchesBrian Houin of Homestead Dairy LLC in Plymouth, Indiana, attributes the operation’s growth and success to smart planning and detailed data collection. Houin, along with Joel Gawronski, Ryan Rogers and Matt Houin, own and manage a herd of 3,500 milking cows on three locations. Houin shared the details of the farm’s management success at the 2015 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit on Feb. 4 in Lancaster.


Micro-dairy producer transitions from Midwest to West

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Written by Stephanie Skernivitz   
Friday, 06 March 2015 11:23

horse and sleighWhere there’s a will for small-scale dairy producers to market nutrient-dense raw milk direct to consumers, there’s usually a way; whether that “way” lands those farmers in the heartland of Wisconsin or in God’s country in Colorado may depend on the pendulum swing of legislation of the respective states.


Life after dairy: Fleurys turn focus to maple sugaring

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Written by Jennifer Bradley   
Thursday, 05 March 2015 16:20

Fleury's farmElizabeth (Betsy) Fleury and her husband, Steve, spend each Christmas Eve discussing how their year went, and each New Year’s Eve planning for the next 12 months on their farm in Richford, Vermont.

Their farm motto always has been “Get better, not bigger,” and when the couple sold their 35 registered Jersey dairy cows at the end of 2014, Betsy says this tough decision fell right in line with that mode of thinking.


In your own words... What is the biggest improvement you have seen in the industry over the past year?

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Thursday, 05 March 2015 15:12

Dan bolinDan Bolin
New Day Dairy
Clarksville, Iowa

“The biggest improvement I’ve seen in the past year in the dairy industry is that when milk prices are high and times seem to be relatively good, we tend to settle in and enjoy ourselves but maybe lose a bit of that push to be innovative and come up with the next great thing. So let’s be ready to be innovative here in the next few years and keep pushing forward to be more efficient and be the best we can.”


HERd management: Tell your story for the good

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Features - Women in Dairy
Written by Emily Zweber   
Thursday, 05 March 2015 13:07

females on farmOur fourth-generation family dairy farm produces some of the best milk in the world. 


I belong to... Dairy Farmers of America: Pete Olsen

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Thursday, 05 March 2015 10:10

pete olsenLocation: Fallon, Nevada

Your agricultural background, in a nutshell: My great-grandfather started our dairy in Sparks, Nevada, in 1915. Our family has been sustainably producing high-quality milk for northern Nevadans for 99 years.


I belong to... Dairy Farmers of America: Will Gilmer

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Thursday, 05 March 2015 09:59

will gilmerLocation: Sulligent, Alabama

Your agricultural background, in a nutshell: My grandfather converted his parents’ corn and cotton farm into a dairy in the early 1950s. Over time, it has grown into the 225-cow farm my father and I now operate. We also raise our own replacement heifers and manage 600 acres of pasture and forage production.



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