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The old adage, “Good help is hard to find” is more true than ever these days, particularly in the field of agriculture. Luckily, many dairies are finding ways to overcome this obstacle with the utilization of technology.

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Progressive Dairyman thanks the following readers for their willingness to serve on its advisory board. Reader advisers provide ongoing feedback about the content in the magazine and generate ideas for future content.

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How did you get started in photography?

SIEGLE: I enjoyed taking photos occasionally in high school, but photography was never a real hobby for me back then.

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It has been said the greatest need of any person is to feel appreciated. With low milk prices and the decline of dairy farms, many farmers are left feeling underappreciated, but the Wisconsin-based restaurant chain Culver’s has been thanking farmers personally.

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Dr. Ben Shelton (Rocky Creek Veterinary Services) moved his dairy from Apex to Olin, North Carolina, in 1992 with 400 cows on 450 acres. Today, the farm has 1,400 cows with 2,200 acres, where Shelton also owns and operates Rocky Creek Vet Service on the farm.

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Like the stories of many Midwest dairy farm families, the Benthems’ history is one of steady growth and improvement, focused on quality while adopting technology, with family at the center of the circle and a vision of creating room in the business for future generations. Benthem Brothers Inc. of McBain, Michigan, was featured in a virtual tour during the 2018 World Dairy Expo.

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