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It’s no surprise the infusion of direct government payments to farmers helped many dairy operators weather the storm that was 2020. Those payments were necessary to help operators struggling with the many effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s not something you can build a plan around.

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A year ago, there was a series in Progressive Dairy on the “Three Camps,” a discussion describing the different financial situations farm businesses might find themselves in as a result of the pandemic and outlining the prudent paths forward for those businesses.

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Leaders are in the spotlight. A great deal is demanded, especially right now in this time of ambiguity and unprecedented change. The rules are changing in many ways. Additionally, a majority of people say that COVID-19 is having a negative impact on their mental health. More than 50% report this to be the case.

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One of the side effects of being home-bound during the “Great Pause” is that I’ve become very fond of the predictable story arc of Hallmark movies. We have a bit of a game to see if the first kiss is within the last 15 minutes of the show.

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Price-taker mentality: Use whatever beef bull you need to get the cow pregnant with a black calf. If you don’t care about influencing your price for beef-on-dairy crossbred calves, the genetics you use don’t matter.

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Heifer Livability: The new trait was released in December, but 99% of the attention went to the simultaneously released Feed Saved trait. Of course, we have been getting used to Cow Livability for a while, but it is still worthwhile to reflect on Heifer Livability for several reasons.

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