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  • Last year, overall harvested forage acres were significantly reduced throughout the Midwest, according to Progressive Forage, leaving forage inventories lower than usual in 2018. As we look to this year’s alfalfa harvest, it may be more critical than ever to do the little things right to ensure you harvest as much dry matter (DM) per acre as possible.

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  • At Michael and Peter McMahon’s E-Z Acres in Homer, New York, herd growth has always occurred alongside an intensive focus on environmental stewardship, cow comfort and community outreach. The brothers, who purchased the farm from their parents in the mid-1980s, have grown their family’s original eight cows and 150 acres into the 2,500-acre farm, milking 800 head of registered Holsteins in a closed herd.

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  • “When you’re a farm family, you become family with every other farm family.” These emotional words were spoken by Melissa Briel, just two short months after the tragic passing of her husband, Dan, and 14-year-old son, David, in a silo accident at their farm in Wisconsin. Despite the heartbreaking circumstances, Melissa is quick to mention the blessing of having their farming community to support them in their time of need.

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  • When it comes to robotic milking systems, the more complex your barn design, the more complex the accompanying manure system can be. You have to consider how your manure system fits with cow flow, robot placement, resting spaces, feedbunks and more.

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