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In early October, I took time off from my regular occupation to help set up a fundraising event for my children’s school. It is a Fall Festival that includes food, games, a cake walk, country market and live auction.

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Integrity first.

Service before self.

Excellence in all we do.

Sounds like that could be the motto for dairy farmers, and for some, it’s likely close to the farm’s written mission. It is actually the core values of the U.S. Air Force that ground service men and women.

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Once again, the gold, scarlet and orange leaves flutter to the ground leaving the trees stark and bare against the blue sky. The dates on the calendar fly as quickly as the hour changes on a digital clock.

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Sadness, disappointment, exhaustion, guilt, relief. All emotions we are processing on this last week of being dairy farmers in early October 2021.

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Farming can be a balancing act, especially when it comes to managing cash flow. Once in a while sacrifices have to be made. Sometimes that’s attempting your own vet work or maybe putting off updating equipment for a summer.

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Well, now they are potty-training cows. I learned how to do it only to prove to my mom I was smarter than my brother. That’s right, they now have developed livestock latrines – or what scientists are calling a MooLoo.

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