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Read about different aspects of the industry from a variety of perspectives.

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Dairy farmers usually don’t have trouble caring for their animals, but sometimes they have trouble taking care of themselves. From working in the industry, and now being a dairy farmer myself, I have seen and experienced this firsthand.

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Growing up, I never imagined I would some day marry a dairy farmer. In fact, I really didn’t give farming much thought as a child. I was a child of a wildland firefighter and had deep family roots in the timber industry.

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“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
—Nelson Mandela

We have one of the coolest dairy stories out there.

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Seventeen years ago, I was introduced to a tiny Holstein spring calf that taught me more about life than any person I’d ever met. She wasn’t even my own calf. She belonged to my sister, who had just turned 8 and joined 4-H.

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My husband and I were out fixing fence recently. I watched as he methodically fixed strands of high-tensile wire that had been loosened by the winter wind or a deer passing through. The particular hillside we were on is quite memorable.

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Growing up, I had multiple pen pals. There was my cousin in Quebec, the daughter of family friends, a goat farmer and various exchange partners. Nothing could beat the thrill of a personal letter arriving in the mail.

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