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As you know, dairy farm operations cannot stop for holidays. You and your employees, however, are members of families and social groups that have holiday expectations, traditions and plans.

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Gandhi seemed to have known what he was talking about when it came to breeding a profitable herd of cows when he said, “The future depends on what you do today.”

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What are your choices when mating A.I. sires to the dairy cattle in your herd? Do you use one of the mating services? Focus on Net Merit Dollars (NM$)? Or simply want to get the cow pregnant because you know that nine months from now she will drop a calf and start all over again on the lactation curve?

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When Steve Edstrom started Sugar Hill Dairy in 2001, he was milking eight cows in order to produce enough milk to reach the paddle in the bulk tank. Edstrom, who hadn’t grown up in the dairy industry, started out hand-milking his cows and raising heifer calves to increase his milking string until he had enough cows to move into a real facility.

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Warren Buffet is quoted as saying, “You need cash. Cash is like oxygen. When you don’t need it, you don’t notice it. When you do need it, it’s the only thing you think about.”

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Just about all dairy producers now know someone with robotics, but at Good-Vue Farms in Goodride, Minnesota, the Hanson family not only has robotic milkers – a robot mixes the herd’s feed as well.

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