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A grateful goodbye to Progressive Dairy

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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 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

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.”