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Breezy Holsteins’ new freestall barn allowed Roger and Karen Haag to bring two herds together under one roof and use the vacated tiestall barn for newborns and weaned calves. They also constructed a small barn with automatic feeders for pre-weaned calves.

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In taking over the farm his parents started when they moved from Switzerland in 1990, Roger Haag and his wife, Karen, consolidated two separate farms and looked to automation to reduce labour needs.

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Martin and Sarah Yoder met at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, back in 2008. Martin was a hoof trimmer from Ohio; Sarah was farming with her parents near Abbotsford, British Columbia.

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Gert Schrijver and his wife, Sonja, started Mars Dairy near Stettler, Alberta, in 1996 after immigrating from the Netherlands. At the time, they were milking 50 cows. Today, they have 230 cows (370 kilograms of quota), 260 heifers and 850 acres. They also recently achieved the highest milk production in Alberta at more than 14,000 litres of milk per cow in 305 days.

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As you may recall, our June issue featured four on-farm processors from a panel presentation at the Canadian Dairy XPO. Since dairy products are key ingredients in holiday baking, Progressive Dairyman asked each of the panelists what added promotions they do for the Christmas season.

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Baseball season was a little more interesting this year for Ontario dairy farmer Derek van Dieten. Van Dieten, who milks 90 purebred Holsteins on his dairy in midwestern Ontario, decided to match each home run from the Toronto Blue Jays during this year’s World Series play-offs with a donation of 100 litres of milk that would then go to local food banks.

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