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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.

 

Slideshow: Ruedinger Farms

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Features - Producers
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 12:17

Ruedinger Farms Inc., in Van Dyne, Wisconsin, has expanded its operation by 500 head within the last five years. They currently have 1,400 cows and 210 calves.

What is the secret to their success? Well, a large part of their success resides in their calf care protocols. A high-quality milking herd starts with high-quality calves. Get a glimpse of their operation by viewing the slideshow below.  PD

 

Planning for success one calf at a time at Ruedinger Farms Inc.

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Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Jenna Hurty   
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 10:22

Ruedinger farmsOver the past five years, Ruedinger Farms Inc. in Van Dyne, Wisconsin, has increased its herd size by 400 head. They now have 1,400 cows and 210 calves.

On average, the farm is milking 1,200 cows each day with one double-11 parlor. In order to keep everything running smoothly, efficiency, consistency and training are emphasized on the operation.

 

Timing is everything in milk prep procedure for Michigan farm

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Written by Ashley Messing-Kennedy   
Friday, 09 January 2015 13:50

timers in a milking parlorWhen talking to Brett Feldpausch, manager and partner of his family’s dairy farms, Rich-Ro Dairy Farms in central Michigan, you can tell he takes his job seriously. “We have good employees, but we want to make sure they have the tools to do their jobs well,” Feldpausch says. That is why he installed his version of a parlor timer.

 

Dairy Profit Team program arms small farms against economic forces

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Written by Progressive Dairyman Staff Writer Melissa Miller   
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 14:18

Like many small family farms, Meeks Farms and Sons near Evans Mills, New York, is fighting feed prices, larger well-backed competitors, weather and other forces intent on sinking the three-generation farm. The family found reinforcements at the New York Farm Viability Institute.

 

Shiloh Dairy: Where calves are a priority

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Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Jenna Hurty   
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 16:11

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A little over 11 years ago, Cathy Speirs and her husband, Gordon, decided to move their small dairy operation from Alberta, Canada, to Brillion, Wisconsin. At the time, they only had 125 cows on their operation. Through many years of hard work, they and their two sons have grown the herd to 2,000 milking cows and 2,200 calves and replacement heifers.

 

Willow Bend Farm shares equity with employees

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Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Jenna Hurty   
Monday, 29 December 2014 16:14

Equity diagram“My dad always said, ‘If you have a good man, pay him well and he will make you money,’” says George Mueller, a shared partner and one of the founders of Willow Bend Farm in Clifton Springs, New York.

Like many children, Mueller wasn’t all that impressed by his father’s advice. Over the years, however, he has come to understand the wisdom.

 

HERd management: In 2015, don’t be afraid to bare your soul

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Written by Honor DeBates Schwartz   
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 12:17

females on farmI am a newbie to agricultural advocacy and am more familiar with poetry, despite the fact that I have worked on my family farm since I could walk.

 


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