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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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Why We Use Hormones in Our Dairy Operation

By Pamela Selz-Pralle Pamela Selz-Pralle and her husband, Scott, operate a 400-cow dairy farm in Clark County, Wisconsin. They are both fourth-generation dairy farmers. As a mother, wife and dairy farmer, I spend a great deal of time thinking about the safety and nutrition of…

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Dairy Diary – Keeping Our Cows Clean – Day 6

How do we keep our cows clean? That is a common question when people visit our farm. It takes a lot of work keeping dairy cows clean. Not only does it take a lot of work, but it is also very important. So how do we do it?

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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.

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Let’s Talk about Hormones

CommonGround Michigan volunteer, dairy farmer and mom Barbara Siemen discusses hormones in milk and their relation to early-onset puberty.

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Hormones in Milk: Should You Worry?

When shopping at the grocery store, it can sometimes be difficult to understand food labels, especially when it comes to milk. I hope to give you the tools and knowledge about milk labels so the next time you encounter a “Hormone-free” or “No Hormones Added” label on your milk container, you can make informed food decisions for your family.