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Read comments from Progressive Dairy editor Karen Lee, ranging from the origin of specific magazine articles to thoughts about industry trends.


The African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child,” could easily be transposed to read, “It takes a village to run a dairy farm.”

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I don’t care for the snow and cold of winter much, but I do love this season because everything seems to slow down a bit more than usual.

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As I am writing this, Halloween candy is quickly being pulled from shelves to make room for Christmas candy, lights, ornaments, decorations, gift wrap, cards, etc. – a clear sign the holidays are approaching. It is a joyous time to cap off the end of another year.

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Thanksgiving: A time when we gather with family and friends to give thanks for the many blessings we have in our lives.

I recently met one Ontario farm couple that has a lot to be thankful for this year. Even though they suffered a terrible fire on their dairy in July, in which more than 100 animals were lost, Clarence and Wendy Markus are thankful no person was hurt and the animals did not suffer long.

From the ruins at Markvale Holsteins came an unexpected outpouring of support from family, friends, neighbours and members of the agricultural community.

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Have you heard the phrase “lean in” mentioned in the last few months? Most likely it was in regards to women in leadership.

It stems from the book “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead,” by Sheryl Sandberg.

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Nowhere in my original plans for this issue are the words “robot” or “automatic,” yet when I page through this magazine I’m about to present to you, I find it weighs heavily on the topic.

I learned long ago you can’t time the news. In the magazine business, we try to plan out what we can. In fact, our schedule for 2014 has already been established. However, we also remain flexible to include timely information.

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