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When we started putting together this edition of Progressive Dairyman, I initially thought along the lines of the physical expansion of the dairy industry. Many producers have expanded operation size over the last several years as many others look at similar moves today. For most, it is finding a way to remain in a business they have a passion for. For all of you, this issue speaks to those themes.

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The sign in the health food store in New Sydney, Wales, said, “Sheep Placenta – On Sale! Half Price!” It was also printed in Chinese. My first thought was, ‘Do they eat it? Rub it on? Make party favors of it? Kick it around like a soccer ball?’ Then I had the horrible memory of the old farmer joke where he couldn’t get his pregnant wife to the doctor in time. Well, never mind.

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When I was a little girl, my mother told me stories by the hour. They were wonderful stories that her grandmother had shared with her.

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We were sitting in the Los Angeles airport waiting for a flight, just watching the local fauna when Will observed the striking similarities between airports and feedlots. We were in a seating area, confined in a controllable number; penned, one might say.

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Sometimes I think I live in a different country than the ones I read about in the newspapers or hear on the radio and television.

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