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This was the second year I have been to the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge and the second year Proud to Dairy has provided shirts for the event. The caliber of students that attend and compete in this competition is a tribute to both the dairy industry and the coaches that help prepare the students for the competition, and that is why Proud to Dairy is ... well ... proud to be a part of the event.

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Visalia, California was the setting for the 2010 North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge. Thirty schools attended this year’s competition and were welcomed with nice, warm California weather. Blue skies and low 70s made it easy to see why dairymen have traditionally loved dairying in California.

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This article was #1 in PDmag's Top 25 most-well read articles in 2010.

Summary: Over the course of several months, Progressive Dairyman provided information about front-leading dairy reform plans, including National Milk Producer Federation’s Foundation for the Future, Holstein USA and Milk Producers Council’s Costa-Sanders bill and the Specter-Casey bill. These articles investigated the core principles of each of these plans, including supply management, margin insurance and cost of production.

NMPF's Chris Galen and Milk Producer Council's Rob Vandenheuvel provided updates about dairy reform in 2011:

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Editor’s note: The following article summarizes an online survey being conducted on the use of tail docking.

Do you dock the tails of cows on your farm? Do your neighbors? What do you think of this practice? Here is your chance to share your views with other readers by participating in an online tail docking survey. You can see online which answers (and the reasons behind these) are most popular. We will also report results back to readers in the next issue, summarizing the most popular reasons for agreeing and disagreeing with docking the tails of dairy cows.

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The Waterman Dairy Center near The Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio, will soon transition to a herd that is 100 percent Jersey. The discussion to have an all-Jersey herd began in June 2009 and was driven by feed costs.

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