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What started as Kirk Butcher’s dream to form a camp for fellow youth who shared a passion for cows 35 years ago is today an annual event that draws as many as 100 budding dairy enthusiasts for the Southeast Dairy Youth Retreat.

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For over a quarter of a century, Rod Stoll has been adding enthusiasm and a game-day feel to the Holstein Association’s national dairy quiz bowl competitions. Serving as a moderator is his way of giving back to the youth program that shaped his career in agriculture.

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Every year, thousands of farm kids across the country culminate months of hard work and care by taking a cow or calf to a show. This time-honored tradition of preparing an animal for show is an excellent practical lesson in hard work and dedication.

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Three young graziers talked about their experiences starting out in dairy farming at the 2018 Grassworks Conference held annually in Wisconsin.

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Starting a dairy involves long hours, backbreaking work and cool-headedness in unexpected emergencies. And in a market with exceptionally low milk prices, building a dairy from the ground up is no easy feat – especially when you’re in your 20s.

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Dairywoman Jessica Peters works on her family’s 275-cow Jersey dairy in Meadville, Pennsylvania. She regularly keeps Spruce Row Farm’s 5,000-plus social media followers up to speed with straightforward, hold-nothing-back, tell-it-like-it-is farm updates.

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