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The Brown Swiss Historical Society, BSHS, seeks nominations for the 2011 Master Breeder Award program. The program adopted in 2009, annually recognizes people important to the continuing progress of the Brown Swiss breed. The awards recognize an active breeder and a historical breeder that successfully developed a breeding program that accentuated cow families, especially those that contributed significantly to the advancement of the breed.

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Purdue Extension's Dairy Digest, a weekly podcast that covers the dairy industry, is now available in Spanish.

Created by Purdue Extension Dairy Specialists Tamilee Nennich and Mike Schutz, the two-minute digital recordings focus on general dairy practices, updates and animal welfare issues. Nennich said her team wants to use podcasts as a way to get information to producers more quickly.

"This gives producers a chance to get up-to-date on hot topics without having to sit down in their offices," she said. "They can listen while they are working."

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Select Sires’ board of directors and team of employees have made a commitment to helping their customer-owners succeed through research, customized programs and products. These programs and products coupled with the outstanding service of Select Sires’ personnel led to record sales in 2010.

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The National Dairy Herd Information Association (DHIA) Scholarship Committee selected 24 high school seniors and college students as recipients of $750 scholarships. Judges evaluated applicants on scholastic achievements, leadership in school and community activities, and responses to DHI- and career-related questions. To be eligible for a National DHIA scholarship, applicants must be a family member or employee of a herd on DHI test, a family member of a DHI employee, or an employee of a DHI affiliate. The DHI affiliate for the herd or affiliate employee must be a National DHIA member.

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Foremost Farms USA has issued cash payments totaling $31.8 million during 2009 and 2010 to dairy producers who are current and former members of the cooperative.

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A Minnesota company will take over two dairies in Veblen, South Dakota.

Riverview LLP will assume management immediately after a bankruptcy judge approved a purchase agreement late last week, according to the company and court documents.

The two dairies, known as Veblen East and Veblen West, will be renamed Marshall Dairy.

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