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“If you have happy cows, you have a happy life.” This is the mantra Colten Carlson, a 23-year-old dairy farmer from Willmar, Minnesota, considers while helping raise his family’s 1,800-milking-cow herd.

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Almost two years ago we, like many dairy farmers, began breeding to beef in order to stabilize our herd size. Prior to the recent four-year downturn in prices, we’d had a steady flow of dairy sales of our excess animals.

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‘I had COVID-19’: A hoof trimmer’s personal experience with coronavirus

William (Willie) Coyne is a hoof trimmer who travels throughout west-central Minnesota with his business, On the Money Hoof Care. He’s young. He’s active. He’s healthy. And in May, he contracted the coronavirus.

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Due to social distancing, event cancellations and the suspension of normal business practices, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a “virtual” world impacting nearly every personal and organizational relationship.

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Three farms – Twin Birch Dairy of New York; Threemile Canyon Farms, of Boardman, Oregon; and Rosy-Lane Holsteins LLC of Watertown, Wisconsin – were recipients of Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability awards.

In addition to the Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability honorees, Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership were recognized for Outstanding Dairy Supply Chain Collaboration, Sustainable Conservation was recognized for Outstanding Community Impact and Leprino Foods was recognized for Outstanding Dairy Processing and Manufacturing Sustainability.

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