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Peruse practical information for the dairy producer on essential topics including management, A.I. and breeding, new technology, and feed and nutrition.

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Do you ever feel like when you cross one thing off your to-do list, two more things get added? There’s no doubt responsibilities on the farm and at home can pile up quickly. And when faced with challenging times, it’s easy to lose perspective. Making decisions can be a struggle.

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Editor’s note: The author, an Indiana dairy producer and freelance writer, continues her exploration of resources and methods to help dairy farmers deal with farm stress. Find a comprehensive list of programs, help lines, websites, videos and factsheets and other materials online (Farm stress: Sources and resources).

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Growing your dairy farm requires a strategic plan, one that positions it for success in the long term. That plan forms the basis for incremental growth, focused on putting numerous small steps together to achieve the desired end result. The key to this step-by-step approach is knowing beforehand what that final goal looks like and developing a strategy to achieve it.

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Now more than ever, dairy producers need to focus on the productivity of their farm operations using an inside resource: their employees.

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As climate change is at the height of political and socioeconomical conversations, animal agriculture has received blowback. Animal rights and other special interest groups are now using global warming as their platform for slandering agriculture and its allies.

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Ventilation systems in the U.S. are divided into two main types: natural and mechanical ventilation systems.

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