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The dispersal sale of Indianhead Holsteins on April 7 may have signaled an end, but the couple behind the farm is not retired yet. Bob and Karyn Schauf owned Indianhead Holsteins of Barron, Wisconsin, which became world-renowned over the last three decades.

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Football and farming. For many teenagers growing up on a family-owned dairy, this is a familiar combination. For Doug Mielke, who took over the farm from his father at age 12, however, the balancing act looked a bit different.

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Low milk prices combined with high costs of production, feed and energy force family farms to look for additional sources of income. Rosenholm Dairy in Cochrane, Wisconsin, combats the low milk prices and alleviates financial pressure through their composting facility.

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Often the decision to grow or transform a dairy farm revolves around adding family or improving profitability. The same is often true for the dairy equipment industry.

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Three years ago, Indiana dairyman Brian Houin walked by all the colorful milking robots on display at World Dairy Expo and thought to himself, “They’re for smaller dairies, not larger ones.”

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For Charles and Ellen Coblentz and their sons, there is no such thing as too many irons in the fire. Milking 500 cows, farming more than 8,000 acres, raising 1,000 head of beef and running a fertilizer business means everyone is all hands on deck all the time.

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