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I was sitting there in the doctor’s office as the nurse went down a list of questions for my son’s checkup. I was doing my best to listen to the questions, but I had also been sick all morning, so I was partially zoning. My answers were pretty much all the same as my son is very fortunate to not have any allergies, nor does he take any medications. Then she asked if he ate a lot of dairy, to which he quickly told her that he does. She proceeded to tell us that dairy causes behavioral problems in children. He looked at her like she was stupid and gave me a look like “Who is this lady?”

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Well, kids, it’s fall again. Festivals, costume parties and college football. I’ve talked about festivals in the past, and you know my view on college football. I root for whatever team is playing Ohio State.

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Let us take a moment to appreciate just how versatile the cow is. We drink her milk and eat her meat. We can judge her, show her and tip her over. With a bit of spray paint we can play Cow Chip Bingo for a laugh at the county fair.

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As dairy farmers, I know we wear many hats, not just on the farm but off the farm as well. So why is it every time someone asks us to do something, we immediately volunteer?

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As I consider the next chapter of my life, I turn to my past heroes for advice. I first heard one of my heroes, Steven R. Covey, speak in 1972 when I was the ripe old age of 21.

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“I’m going to tell you a little story about how I got where I am today. I’m also going to tell you the secret to a long, satisfying career,” Phil Meadows said during his recent presentation at the American Association of Bovine Practitioners annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

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