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A grateful goodbye to Progressive Dairy

Farmers Voice - Thu, 07/21/2022 - 15:04

It was only 6 p.m., yet the full moon was in full view for the world to see.

Life on the family farm under an open heaven: A helping hand

Farmers Voice - Wed, 07/20/2022 - 15:13

We can all use a helping hand from time to time, especially if you’re a farmer. Things come up where you really need another person’s help. It’s nice when you have good friends you can call on in such situations.

Just dropping by... Standing for the flag

Farmers Voice - Wed, 07/20/2022 - 14:56

I am always dismayed when I see professional team players kneel for the flag. I wonder if they really understand how much they are dishonoring themselves and the fallen heroes of our county.

HERd Management: Cultivating strong roots

Farmers Voice - Wed, 07/20/2022 - 14:36

In farming, so much of what we do is about investing in an uncertain future. That is especially true when you consider the planting season and all the steps we take to maximize the year’s harvest.

The Milk House: Voices to be heard

Farmers Voice - Wed, 07/20/2022 - 14:28

I spent most of my life talking to farmers. If it wasn’t my parents, then it was our neighbors or other families we ran into at shows, auctions or feed stores.

Tim the Dairy Farmer: Port-o-john

Farmers Voice - Wed, 07/20/2022 - 14:20

I was at the state fair with my cousin, and we were walking down the midway. He noticed a rather large woman eating a fried Snickers bar and said to me, “If that woman had a beard, she could be in a circus.” I just wanted to know where she got the fried Snickers.

Who are the most influential people in dairy?

Farmers Voice - Tue, 06/28/2022 - 12:42

Dairy has had no shortage of influential factors impacting the past, present and future. Most recently, things like the pandemic, drought, logistics, supply chains, the Class I price formula and inflation come to mind.

Just dropping by... Putting on God’s glasses

Farmers Voice - Wed, 06/22/2022 - 15:48

In our family, education was important. My dad finished school after he was married because he was unable to finish high school. He drove the school bus transporting students 30 miles to school over rough dirt roads from Heber to Snowflake, Arizona.

The Milk House: The Wisconsin milk strikes

Farmers Voice - Wed, 06/22/2022 - 15:39

According to the international dairy market site clal.it, the U.S. farmgate milk price in May 2020 dropped to a low of $13.60. That is nearly half of the current reported price at the time of writing this column.

HERd Management: Farmers need a break too: How even a small getaway can be refreshing

Farmers Voice - Wed, 06/22/2022 - 15:35

As the years move forward, it seems as if personal health, growth and development become more of an issue of importance, and so does the topic of speaking out about it.

Tim the Dairy Farmer: Check-up

Farmers Voice - Wed, 06/22/2022 - 14:54

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Where did that phrase come from? I’m guessing it was during the 1800s apple growers association’s marketing campaign.

My journey into journalism

Farmers Voice - Fri, 06/17/2022 - 12:35

As a kid, do you remember what you wanted to be “when you grew up”? I do, and while a few other options like being a news anchor (how fun) or a lawyer (maybe not as fun) surfaced from time to time, I always came back to one job: editor of a national dairy magazine, specifically Progressive Dairy.

Just dropping by... Are you guilty of uncommon courtesies?

Farmers Voice - Thu, 06/16/2022 - 15:29

While I was growing up, my parents taught me common courtesies. Don’t stare at people. Hold the door open for others. Don’t talk with your mouth full and respect your elders. Those are just a few of the myriad common courtesies I learned as a child.

The Milk House: The new nomadic farmer

Farmers Voice - Thu, 06/16/2022 - 15:21

I both admire and hate people who have it all figured out.

I was glad to have grown up on a dairy farm for all the same reasons as anyone else: the independence, working with animals instead of people, having more responsibility than others.

Tim the Dairy Farmer: Pump theory

Farmers Voice - Thu, 06/16/2022 - 10:17

They say that “shoes make the man.” My mom used to say to me, “Never judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes.”

Progress occurs with change

Farmers Voice - Wed, 05/25/2022 - 23:03

In late April, Progressive Publishing held its company meeting where almost every employee was able to attend. During the week, we all participated in numerous team meetings, training and activities.

Life on the family farm under an open heaven: Magnificentio

Farmers Voice - Wed, 05/25/2022 - 14:10

I have, over the years – as a result of my writing and serving on a board – had the privilege of having many visitors on our farm here. We’ve had them from several different states and several different countries.

Just dropping by... Headstones of the heart

Farmers Voice - Mon, 05/23/2022 - 22:00

In the Taylor Cemetery in Arizona, there is a rose granite headstone beneath a towering fir tree. On one side in the corner is carved a cowboy hat and spurs with the inscription, “See ya later” written beneath the picture. In the center, surrounded by flowers, is inscribed a poem, which reads:

The Milk House: The plow and the pew

Farmers Voice - Mon, 05/23/2022 - 21:48

Hrönn took me out to the pasture to see their bred heifers. Her parents’ farm, Lundur, was similar to most Icelandic holdings, with cattle, sheep and horses.

Tim the Dairy Farmer: Old-timer

Farmers Voice - Mon, 05/23/2022 - 21:05

When did I turn into my grandpa? He always made grunting noises every time he got out of his chair. Now I’m doing it. How did I throw my hip out of joint during dinner? And where did this ear hair come from?

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