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In 1968, I started as a dairy farmer with my father in a first-generation dairy farm in the Netherlands. Since then, I’ve experienced a lot of changes in my life.

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We all know how busy dairy life can be – whether it is harvest, haying, spraying or just milking – and we often do not get to take a break from working those 365 days.

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Amy was a sweet, 8-year-old girl who took piano lessons from my wife. A beautiful young lady, she had brown hair and rather sad brown eyes. She was painfully shy and spent a lot of time examining the toes of her sneakers.

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I am not a farm girl by nature. Although I was raised in the country, I did not live on a farm. I certainly had friends who were farmers, was a member of the local 4-H horse club and even helped our neighbours milk their cows a few times.

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Christmas is the most wonderful season of the year, a season full of love, hope and giving. A season that blesses us all. Or at least, it should be that way, but unfortunately it isn’t always. Sometimes it can be a very difficult season.

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This September marked three years of agvocating for our dairy farm. Since I started, I have met so many amazing people, traveled to places I have never visited and gained some great friends along the way.

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