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What is the Cost of “Get Big or Get Out?”

By   /  January 6, 2020  /  Consider This  /  4 Comments

A few months ago, at the World Dairy Expo in Wisconsin, our secretary of agriculture, Sonny Perdue, made a statement that was similar to one made in years past by the then secretary of agriculture Earl Butz, GET BIG OR GET OUT. There are those who believe that consolidation is inevitable and there is no […]

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A Bull Named Pron

By   /  January 28, 2019  /  Consider This  /  Comments Off on A Bull Named Pron

We were over at John Seal’s one day looking to buy some of those big Holstein heifers from Wisconsin that he would go up there and get about twice a year. We were trying to grow our outfit and our heifer production, in our mind, was going too slow. We had bought heifers from John […]

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The Giving Farm

By   /  December 10, 2018  /  Consider This, Notes From Kathy  /  4 Comments

In 1971, I was a confused eight year old who cried in horror as men lashed my grandfather William’s fourteen, beloved Guernsey cows in an attempt to make them walk up the steep ramp into a cattle truck destined for the auction barn. The sober event was dictated by the decision not to spend money […]

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Battling the Scourge of ‘Embalmed Milk’ – A Story From Our Past

By   /  November 12, 2018  /  Consider This  /  1 Comment

Have you ever wondered how we arrived at our current dairy regulations? Well here’s part of the story. From Deborah Blum and Undark.org, here’s how an obscure Indiana public health official pioneered a campaign against tainted dairy products at the turn of the 20th century. At the turn of the 20th century, Indiana was widely […]

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The Ongoing American Dairy Crisis and Its Impact on the Family Farm

By   /  October 15, 2018  /  Consider This  /  1 Comment

This is an issue close to Jason Birchfield’s heart. He doesn’t think there’s a silver bullet. But he believes in the small family farm and wanted to share this in hopes of starting a dialogue that could lead to solutions.

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