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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:


Where are all the dairywomen?

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Features - Women in Dairy
Written by J.E. Johnson and G.J. Lascano   
Thursday, 20 November 2014 11:07

cows in a barnLook around your dairy and count the number of women currently working with you. Odds are there aren’t many, and the few you have are probably family members, working part-time and only in particular roles. So where are the other women?

Why aren’t there more women working on dairies? Maybe it’s because the work is too hard or it’s too dirty, maybe it’s because women just aren’t interested in this kind of work, or maybe they don’t know the work is available. Whatever the case may be, it’s actually not just “this kind of work.”


Ayrshire enthusiast leads camp for potential farmwomen

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Features - Women in Dairy
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Emily Caldwell   
Thursday, 20 November 2014 10:33

dirt roadA larger-than-life Ayrshire cow statue helps to serve as a landmark for Hameau Farm in Belleville, Pennsylvania. Each summer, parents come from cities such as Arlington, Philadelphia and New York to drop off their daughters for a two-week farm camp.

Owner and camp director (Audrey) Gay Rodgers promises an experience full of learning with lessons in responsibility and an opportunity to form new friendships with both animals and fellow females.


The hidden motivation of ‘never’

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Features - Women in Dairy
Thursday, 20 November 2014 09:29

Dagmar Beckel-Machyckova and Andy BeckelEditor’s note: The following is based on a speech presented by Dagmar Beckel-Machyckova, the co-owner of Golden Calf Company, LLC. Dagmar gave this presentation at the 2014 Women’s Business Conference in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.


Women leading women in new directions in ag

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Features - Women in Dairy
Written by Terri Queck-Matzie   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:53

If women, particularly young women, could see more strong female role models in agriculture, it might help them meet their challenges and inspire them to be more successful. That’s the premise behind a unique conference held last April in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


And then there was one: Solving the ‘lack of women’ mystery

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Features - Women in Dairy
Written by Rebecca Lampman   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:42

Female leadership is lacking in Idaho’s dairy organizations. The number of women serving on the boards of Idaho’s dairy organizations is hauntingly close to Agatha Christie’s best-selling mystery novel And Then There Were None (sometimes known as Ten Little Indians).


Tips and tricks from the ingenuity of dairywomen

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Features - Women in Dairy
Written by Maria F. McGinnis   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 15:41

Women in dairy are always on the go. Balancing farm with home and often off-farm jobs, they are, no doubt, “the heart of the farm.” If you are looking for quick fixes to common problems that save you time and money, you are in luck. Read on for some practical tips and tricks collected from real-life women in dairy – just like you.


HERd management columnists share their hopes for the future

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Features - Women in Dairy
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Emily Caldwell   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 15:12

Various dairywomenWe asked our HERd management columnists to share about their female role models who have had an impact on their dairy careers. They also open up about how they think the dairy industry will change in the coming years and their hopes for future dairywomen.



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