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Name: Elizabeth Karides
City, state: Severna Park, Maryland
Reign year: 2021-22

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Data show that earlier calving may result in less milk produced during the first lactation. However, by the time the cow reaches her third lactation, production levels are almost the same.

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One of my favorite phrases is: “We are drowning in information while starving for wisdom.” I am sure everyone has felt this at some point in their life.

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A few days ago, friends on a Facebook group page were discussing the best way to create a substitute gasket for an antique tractor. All manner of methods and materials were cussed and discussed.

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There are certain times on a dairy when it is necessary to take a moment to assess performance in key management areas. There are TMR audits, parlor audits, reproduction audits and other assessment programs that help gauge successes and, most importantly, outline areas for continuous improvement.

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Nothing good can be built on a faulty foundation. On a cow, that foundation is its hooves. Therefore, it’s time to look at what the foundation is comprised of and how the foundation is built. We are still talking cows and hooves, though, right?

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