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I don’t want this article to make me out to be more important or any more special than any other person who visits your dairy, but I have been invited to quite a few dairies over the past 14 years as a hoof trimmer.

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Many dairy families I coach have issues with balancing time for family. Time slips by unless we are very intentional about how we spend it.

This past February, I addressed the Midwest Ag Women’s Conference in Indiana about living an intentional life. Funny thing is, I have been writing and speaking about a so-called balanced life since 1987.

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You’ve probably heard the saying “Life’s a race,” right? So what do you think? Is it? Or do you tend to think of life as more of a journey?

As for me, I’d have to argue that life is a race. Now, I’m not suggesting it’s a sprint; I think it’s more of a marathon. You see, sprinters are focused on burning everything they’ve got right away because it’s all about the short-term payoff. Marathoners, on the other hand, need endurance so they can maintain a steady pace for the long term.

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Many dairies are making strides in becoming better and more productive – and are being helped by highly effective team meetings. Other dairies, in comparison, struggle.

Regular team meetings can be a critical component of structuring your dairy for success. They provide organized objectives (a focus) and an action plan (direction) that is agreed upon by each team member as a way to move the business forward (accountability).

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Stature, rump angle, teat length, teat placement – do they impact longevity and reproduction? In this article, we’ll look at these four linear type traits often thought to impact performance. Perception is not always reality, so we look to the data to find the true answers.

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As far as possible, I always try to let the cows be cows. What do I mean by that, you may ask?

Cows, by their very nature, can at times do some pretty interesting things.

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