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Like the parable of the “Blind Men and an Elephant,” any personal statements regarding the first half of 2020 will likely fall short of accurately describing the overall picture.

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Have you ever found yourself scrolling through Facebook marketplace and seeing something that catches your eye? That’s the exact way our farm found calf hutches that are now key to our operation. The farm had been tossing around the idea of switching from a modified calf barn to hutches for a while, but finding some for sale within an hour of our farm made the decision to switch fairly easy.

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Editor’s note: This article is the latest in a series from Rebecca Shaw about female entrepreneurs.

The year 2020 will go down in history books.

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Let’s be real: Farming stinks right now. If you’ll indulge me, I’m going to detail some of the things I hate about being a dairy farmer right now.

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During the coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home order, my dad had no shortage of help on his dairy. Most of my siblings traveled home to the farm to shelter in place with my parents. My dad went from having one helper to four in a single weekend.

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The dairy industry is no stranger to struggle. If you’re in this business for any length of time, it’s because you were created with the constitution and passion to survive it. Today, your constitution is being stretched and, if you let it, your faith will be strengthened.

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