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At the 2010 World Dairy Expo, three early career Wisconsin dairy farmers participated in a panel discussion, where they shared how they got started. Progressive Dairyman asked these producers, "What makes a grazing dairy progressive and not regressive?"

Click here to see these producers' farm profiles and view more comments about grazing systems.

Tim and Heidi Vosberg

There are obvious advantages to grazing, such as improved cow health and longevity, as well as the fact that the cows do some of their own harvesting and manure spreading. But most importantly, it is what today’s health-conscious consumer wants.

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Graduate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Intern with Genex
Based in Shawano, Wisconsin

Q. In what area did you pursue a degree?
I graduated with a degree in dairy science with an emphasis in international agriculture and Spanish

Q. What is your agricultural background?
Arthurst Farm is the name of my family farm, where we milk around 80 registered Brown Swiss cattle. Our cows are housed in a freestall barn and milked in a double-six herringbone parlor twice a day. We farm around 150 acres of corn and soybeans and grow most of our own feed.

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Bryan Warman only had one item on his wishlist for Christmas this year — reading materials about agriculture. Warman is serving his third tour of duty in Afghanistan and will not be able to come home for the holidays.

This request was made to Mary Magathan. Mary and her husband have known Bryan for nearly 10 years. Bryan lived with the dairy couple from Cedar Point, Kansas, and even worked on their farm.

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We asked some of our Proud to Dairy bloggers to provide their favorite dairy-related Christmas memories. We featured a few of these in Issue 18 of Progressive Dairyman, including responses from Katie Dotterer-Pyle, Barbara Martin and Ashley Sears.

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The following is an excerpt from a blog posted by blogger and Proud to Dairy member Nancy Grossi.

The North Bay Dairy Women was established in 1965 and is a local organization, with the purpose behind it being to educate consumers about dairy and dairy farms and to promote the dairy industry.

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Away in a manger,
No crib for His bed
The little Lord Jesus

Laid down His sweet head

The stars in the bright sky
Looked down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus
Asleep on the hay

The cattle are lowing
The poor Baby wakes
But little Lord Jesus
No crying He makes …

Christians around the world will sing those phrases this Christmas season. Many will do so standing together in their house of worship. As they close their eyes, images of a nativity scene will take them to this moment. The congregation of Portage Presbyterian needs only to look around to see a manger, the stars in the bright sky, and the cattle that are lowing.

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