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Break the Ice with a Kansas Dairy Farmer

Break the Ice with a Kansas Dairy Farmer How she is caring for her cows this winter Melissa is a fourth-generation Kansas dairy farmer who farms alongside seven other family members at Hildebrand Farms Dairy. She cares for a 150-head herd and processing milk on-site. Her…

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From Cow to Carton: The path milk takes to your grocery store cooler

By Daphne Holterman Daphne and her husband Lloyd are 4th-generation Wisconsin dairy farmers who milk about 850 cows and grow alfalfa hay and corn on their farm, Rosy Lane Holsteins. Daphne wants consumers to know they care about producing a safe, healthy, wholesome food supply.  …

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Milk Misconceptions: Bad Information Doesn’t Do Any Body Good

By Jody Sharrard Jody has an animal science degree from Michigan State University. She and her husband, Jeremy, are fifth-generation dairy farmers. They were named 2011 Outstanding Young Dairy Cooperators by the Michigan Milk Producers Association.   Like milk and cookies, my dairy farm and…

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How Has the Carbon Footprint of Dairy Farming Changed?

By Caci Nance Caci is a third generation dairy farmer from South Carolina Like many families, my family and I are concerned about limiting our impact on the environment and using natural resources as efficiently as possible. On our 108-cow dairy farm in McConnells, South…

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A Guide to Beef Labeling Rules and Regulations

By  Kelsey Pope Navigating the confusing world of beef labels and packaging can be difficult, so I want to talk a little about how that world is regulated. My family and I manage 700 head of Red Angus cattle in eastern Colorado. In the United…

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Dairy Diary – Confidently Raising Safe Milk – Day 5

We take antibiotics seriously on our farm. I believe a common misconception is that we routinely give our cows antibiotics when they are not sick. Antibiotics are a last resort for us. We treat our cows depending on the illness.

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Dairy Diary – Growing Up Dairy – Day 4

It hasn’t been easy as a first-generation dairy farm, but it has been worth it for us and our children growing up on our first-generation family dairy farm. We currently milk and care for 140 cows.

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Dairy Diary – Family Farm vs. Factory Farm – Day 3

Since we have a technologically advanced farm, it might be easy for people to assume we are a factory farm. This couldn’t be further from the truth. We are a family farm.

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Dairy Diary – Keeping Our Cows Healthy – Day 2

Our herd has always been really healthy, so we don’t have to use antibiotics very often. When we do have a sick cow, we notice right away, either visually or with data from our new robots.

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Dairy Diary – The Importance of Cow Comfort – Day 1

Content and healthy cows on our farm produce top-quality milk, which gives all of us the best food for our families.