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Carl Phoenix of Sunderland, Ontario, will be donning the tuxedo and taking his spot in the centre of the ring on Oct. 5 and 6 as the official judge of the International Holstein Show at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. At his side will be his cousin, Joel Phoenix of Cannington, Ontario, the associate judge of this year’s show.

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Under Current Review: SomaDetect

Later this year, Top of the Morning Farm Ltd., in Holmesville, New Brunswick, will be one of the first farms to test-drive a new in-line milk testing device.

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This past year has brought many difficult changes to Canada’s dairy industry, including low milk prices and high production costs.

But in the face of all these challenges, a new national information-sharing forum was launched to make dairy veterinarian practices more effective and efficient.

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Today, I encountered three acquaintances who are all dealing with different kinds of loss.

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Editor’s note: This article is the first in a two-part series. Click here to read the second-part of the series "Transitioning your dairy farm business is more than a generational transfer".

I meet farmers who are in the fifth or even sixth generation on their farm. I have met a few with double-digit generations. My wife and I both have brothers on Century Farms that are transitioning to our nephews. 

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“Family quarrels are bitter things. They don’t go according to any rules. They’re not like aches or wounds. They’re more like splits in the skin that won’t heal because there’s not enough material.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald

A family business can provide incredible opportunity to the founding generation and to successive generations. However, in our time consulting with family owned-and-operated dairies, we have seen many instances where the business irreparably damaged the family relationship.

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