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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.

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Time and time again I’ve heard dairy producers defend their animal welfare practices by stating “I take good care of my cows so they will take good care of me.” The argument here is that proper animal welfare is good for a dairy producer’s bottom line.

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It has been a long, hard winter. Many could argue that is the nature of the season – to which I’d agree – but in my book, these last few months seemed to take it a bit further than usual.

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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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