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The high desert of Clovis, New Mexico, where rainfall is rare and wide-open spaces are plentiful, is also where Joel and Jaimie Van Dam call home on Route 77 Dairy.

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When it comes to consistency, it’s hard to beat a robot. For brothers Jon and Mark Qual, their father, Alan, cousins Nathan and Tyler, and uncle Rodney, who all own and operate Qual Dairy in Lisbon, North Dakota, a robotic rotary parlor fit what they wanted in their new parlor.

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With longer days and warmer temperatures, summer on the dairy farm means squeezing in more activities into every hour of daylight. We asked the editorial advisory panel members of Progressive Dairy to submit photos of summer activities on their farms. end mark

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How did you get started in photography?

KNAPP: I took my first photography class as an agricultural communications major at the University of Illinois.

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“I think cows in general are beautiful creatures. I easily get inspired by personalities, coloring, spots, wrinkles or folds, if they have fluffy ears or long eyelashes, droopy eyes or nose freckles – the list goes on. I love specific details that will grab your attention within seconds.”

–Andrea Jorgensen 

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Editor’s note: Progressive Dairyman features recipients of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy’s eighth annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards.

Three farms – Cinnamon Ridge Farms of Donahue, Iowa; Majestic Crossing Dairy of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin; and Philip Verwey Farms of Hanford, California – were recipients of Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability awards.

In addition to the Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability honorees, General Mills and Foremost Farms were recognized for Outstanding Dairy Supply Chain Collaboration, and Gleaners Community Food Bank was recognized for Outstanding Community Impact.

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