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The Milk House

Conversions add comfort at Nehls Brothers Dairy

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Features - Producers
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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Features - Consultants
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.


HERd management: Happily farming

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Features - Women in Dairy
Written by Kelli Woodring   
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 14:13

females on farmI know that farming is not always simple. There seems to be a standard for farmers that they should be carefree and happy all the time, but happiness is not always how it’s imagined.


California dairy has first rotary parlor ‘made in America’

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Written by Ron Goble   
Thursday, 25 September 2014 08:26

dias familyFamily farm owners often struggle with handing off business responsibilities and decisions to the next generation, not to mention the farm itself.

Visalia dairyman Gregory O. “Butch” Dias Jr. was no exception. It wasn’t easy, but he says he feels good about how his two sons are handling their Delta View Farms & Rachelle’s Jerseys operations.


Ben Vanderbilt: A lean, robot herd-managing machine

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Written by Torie Noellsch   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 15:16

Most people consider searching Craigslist for a bike, couch or even a roommate. Not many can claim that an advertisement on this website is how they began a career as a manager for a 500-cow robot-milking herd.

Similarly, it’s not typical for a dairy owner to hire a new herd manager who has very little cow experience. For SwissLane Dairy Farms in Alto, Michigan, this is exactly what happened. And it was a perfect fit.


Dairy uses incentive program to improve facilities

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Written by Jennifer Janak   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 13:59

dairy milking parlorDairy farming is a pricey business, no matter the size.

Data collected by the Center for Dairy Profitability estimates that the average dairy farm uses 800 to 1,200 kWh per cow of electricity each year.


How three commercial dairy herds compete on the colored shavings

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Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 12:50

wde headerGolden Oaks, Ransom Rail and Exels Holsteins and Jerseys are names familiar to the winner’s circle at World Dairy Expo, but these three herds have another common chord. They all operate commercial dairies.

Progressive Dairyman spoke with representatives from these three dairies to learn more about both sides of their operations.


Dairy professionals find fulfillment with expo week activities

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Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 08:33

wde headerProgressive Dairyman caught up with five industry professionals who step away from their main livelihoods for one week of the year to pursue passions close to their hearts.

They make their livings doing such things as balancing rations, planning manure pits or selling semen, yet when World Dairy Expo rolls around, they take on a different set of tasks.



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