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Select Sires Inc.'s Board of Directors has selected Johnny Daniel of Charlotte, Tennessee, to the position of Board chairman, succeeding Randy Kortus, Lynden, Washington. The Board also elected first vice chairman, Myron Czech of Little Falls, Minnesota, and second vice chairman, Dan Andreas, of Sugarcreek, Ohio. Select Sires Board of Directors met on March 24 and 25 in Plain City, Ohio, in conjunction with Select Sires' Annual Meeting.

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News surfaced this week of plans being put on hold for what would have been the United Kingdom's largest dairy. Nocton Dairies, which had intended to build an 8,100-cow operation, faced opposition from animal rights activists and environmental campaigners.

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Organic Valley Family of Farms recently recognized 396 of its farmer-owners, nearly 24 percent of its total members, with quality awards.

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High Plains Dairy Conference

The High Plains Dairy Conference kicked off in Amarillo, Texas, at the Ambassador Hotel March 11-12. As is customary for the conference, producers took part in two days of educational presentations and networking that organizers hope will help them improve their dairies.

Success through people
Tom Fuhrmann talked about management systems and how to get more out of your dairy and your employees, especially Hispanic workers. He emphasized the differences between American culture and Hispanic culture and why those differences may get in the way of some of the results producers expect out of their new managers.

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PD Poll MPCs imported

In the past two issues of Progressive Dairyman, we have printed the pros and cons of MPC imports and shared some producer comments on the subject.

To the right are some facts about the amount of MPCs imported (in 1,000 pounds) in 2009.

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