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Shiloh Dairy: Transporting down cows with utmost comfort

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Features - Producers
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Jenna Hurty   
Friday, 20 February 2015 14:40

cow scooping bucketDown cows are a fact of life for any dairy owner. Although down cow incidents may be reduced through high-quality care and good facilities, they will never be fully eliminated.

To deal with this issue, Gordon and Cathy Speirs, the owners of Shiloh Dairy in Brillion, Wisconsin, have not only laid out set protocols for their employees to follow, but they have a rubber-lined bucket dedicated to the task.

 

HERd management: Adapting to welcome a new member of the herd

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Features - Women in Dairy
Written by Deanna Lanier   
Thursday, 19 February 2015 14:53

females on farmChange. I don’t know about you, but I am not a big fan of change. It hurts to see a cow have to leave the farm or a heifer’s first calf pass away.

 

Capturing love on a dairy farm, one photo at a time

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Features - Producers
Written by Jamie Keyes   

021215 jake and kaitlinBrittany Tilleraas, a farm girl from Iowa, went to school for agriculture business but discovered a different passion along the way: photography. 

 

Communication efforts aid father and son in dairy transition

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Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Lynn Jaynes   
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 11:58

Tom and Mike VerhoogFamily relationships are not easy. While there is nobody we’d rather spend relaxed evenings with, family members can be so irritated with each other that they sit on opposite sides of the funeral home, the church, and sadly, in some instances, opposite sides of the attorney’s office or courtroom.

 

Fodder cuts dairy’s feed bills in half

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Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Walt Cooley   
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 11:00

Barley seedsEditor’s note: Kirt Lindley will be part of a video farm tour at World Ag Expo on February 11 at 1:30 p.m.

The first week after dairyman Kirt Lindley installed his fodder growing system, he checked on the barley seeds growing in his new building every day, multiple times. The $120,000 investment for his 65-cow dairy had to work. He needed it to save him money on his feed bills.

 

Feed quality, feed efficiency keys to success at Hunter Haven

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Written by Kelli Boylen   
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 15:04

Doug BlockDoug and Tom Block have learned many lessons while managing their family operation, Hunter Haven Farms near Pearl City, Illinois.

Doug shared what makes their farm successful at the 4-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference held earlier this year in Dubuque, Iowa.

 

Reclaiming system saves sand bedding at Rosebrin Farms

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Features - Producers
Written by Alice Guthrie   
Friday, 30 January 2015 14:39

Roseboom familyRosebrin Farms Ltd., located near Chilliwack, British Columbia, in the beautiful Fraser Valley, is the home of Brad and Lisa Roseboom and their family. Brad’s father established a dairy operation in the area in 1957, and Brad came home to farm in 1984.

For a while, he farmed with his brother, but 11 years ago, he and Lisa established Rosebrin as a separate operation. Lisa says this decision was made with their four sons in mind as well as to provide an opportunity for their special-needs daughter, Melissa.

 

HERd management: Generation why: Understanding millennials

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Features - Women in Dairy
Written by Rebecca Shaw   
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 13:24

females on farmGeneration Y, referring to the generation born between the 1980s and early 1990s, is full of questions about food animal production.

 


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