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Who are the most influential people in dairy?

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

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

Wed, 06/22/2022 - 15:39

According to the international dairy market site, 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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Producer Blog: We are not just farmers

Mon, 05/23/2022 - 11:07

When I was a child, other kids would ask, “What does your dad do?” I would rather humbly reply: “He’s just a farmer.” I don’t know why I added the “just” in that reply. Actually, yes I do.

Memorial Day remembrances

Mon, 05/23/2022 - 10:14

This long weekend is one of my favorite times of the year, and a sad one too, unfortunately. Memorial Day weekend is a time many of us celebrate with family, friends and food, but it is also a time to reflect, remember and shed a tear or two.

Take time for the details

Fri, 05/13/2022 - 14:54

The other evening, I was rocking my daughter to sleep for the third time that night. She is getting three molars and fighting a cold, so she’s having a rough few days. It’s been a long time since I rocked her to sleep. These days she snuggles for a few minutes, but she likes to fall asleep in her own bed.

Just dropping by... Government online dating mandate?

Fri, 05/06/2022 - 15:50

Someone wise once said, “Teach them correct principles and they govern themselves.” Another wise man said, “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” In 1916, William J. H. Boetcker said:

The Milk House: The imminent problem of eminent domain

Fri, 05/06/2022 - 15:41

Another pint? I asked a friend of mine. He said he better not, because he had to paint his house the next day. I mentioned that a little home improvement was great to spruce up a place. He said his house was going to be torn down in a few months.

Tim the Dairy Farmer: Drink punch

Fri, 05/06/2022 - 14:45

Summer’s coming up. A lot of people are already talking about punch recipes. I always thought punch was a way of saying, “We didn’t buy the good stuff, so we’re going to cover it up with some orange juice and a floating piece of pineapple.”