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How Robotic Calf Feeders Turned Around our Entire Calf Program

In November 2014 we put the first group of calves in our brand new automated feeding barn. You always hear about the disasters when it comes to automated calf feeders. But we rarely heard about a success story. Truth be told, this facility and management change has turned our entire calf program around from birth to post weaning. 

To give you some background, our previous situation was far from ideal. We had calves coming out of our ears. They were stuck everywhere. Tied up to…

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Added by Ashley Messing on May 19, 2015 at 5:48pm — 1 Comment

"Our" cows are happy in their new home!

We still call them "our" cows even though they are at a new farm now. Joe, the buyer of our herd, just sent us a message and said, and I quote, “I’m so glad that I bought them. I love these girls to death. So much personality. I think that they were the perfect fit for us.” What a great message for us to receive! It almost brought tears to my eyes to know that "our" cows are doing so well and are so well loved! We are extremely happy that we sold our herd to him and not to someone else. We…

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Added by Betsy Fleury on May 18, 2015 at 4:36am — No Comments

Find the Right Fit

Throughout life we have to make choices. Which sweater to wear to work the yellow one or the green one? How to house calves, hutches or inside a barn? What to have for dinner steak or pizza? How many times a day to milk the cows? Buy a house or rent an apartment? Some choices are easy, others can be difficult to make.



With the world at our fingertips these days we can easily seek information to help us make decisions. It's common to find friends asking options on Facebook about a…

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Added by Christina Winch on April 3, 2015 at 2:45pm — No Comments

Compassion and Love: What Ag Week Should Really be About

We all know that dairy life is hard. It is trying physically and mentally. Especially right now with the milk price. 

I have been quite sick the last week and a half. For someone busy and used to being out in the barn a lot, this has been killing me. I can only do so many dishes and loads of laundry before I start going nuts. But I have to say this is the best part of working in such a family oriented business. When we need help, everyone is there to support us, help us out…

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Added by Ashley Messing on March 20, 2015 at 10:02am — 3 Comments

Pennsylvania dairy couple creates snow cow sculpture













































Jordan Kennedy of Butler, Pennsylvania, farms with his family at Four Seasons Farm. His girlfriend, Jessi Boldy, is a student at Indiana…

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Added by Proud to Dairy on March 17, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

First winter in the new calf barn

Back in November, I wrote about our new calf barn and the switch we made to automatic calf feeders. One important decision for us in the design of the new barn and putting the calves on the automatic feeders was that we would not have to transition them until they were 4 to 6 months old. .



In order to understand this, you first need to understand our calving situation. Years ago, before I was even in…

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Added by Christina Winch on March 6, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

Memories

I just read Yevet Tenney's article in Progressive Dairyman entitled “Writing Your Memories In Advance”. It asked what kind of memories you would have as a senior citizen while you were sitting in your rocking chair looking back over your life. That got me to thinking about all the memories that Steve and I have made during our 16 years running the farm. There are a lot of really good ones. Seeing a newborn calf stand up for the first time. Watching that…

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Added by Betsy Fleury on January 24, 2015 at 8:10am — 1 Comment

Greek yogurt smoothie recipes

Hey everyone,

Just a couple of delicious smoothie recipes I wanted to share with you that have greek yogurt in them. All recipes can also be found on my blog Greek Yogurt Paradise.

Happy blending!

Greek yogurt blueberry smoothie - …

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Added by Elizabeth Wallace on January 6, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

Most popular on Proud to Dairy

The December 12, 2014 issue of Progressive Dairyman featured the most popular content on www.progressivedairy.com. The list below highlights the most popular content published on our Proud to Dairy network from Dec. 1, 2013 through Dec. 1, 2014.



1. Pennsylvania farm boy publishes dairy…

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Added by Proud to Dairy on January 3, 2015 at 11:36am — No Comments

Greek Yogurt Recipes

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to share some of my personal greek yogurt recipes here. I've added a picture of each one including a short description. I'm very curious to find out what you guys think about my recipes and whether someone here as tried any of them before! Click the title to see the recipe page. You can also find all my recipes on my blog Greek Yogurt Paradise

Elizabeth…

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Added by Elizabeth Wallace on December 29, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Infographic: Make the switch to greek yogurt

Want to lose some weight or start eating more healthy?



Using greek yogurt in your cooking is a great way to start! Why? Because greek yogurt can be used as a substitute for lots of ingredients we use on a daily basis. Such as vegetable oil, mayonnaise, butter, creme fraiche, heavy cream, cream cheese, sour cream and milk. And because of the nutritional benefits of greek yogurt, you’ll be cutting on calories hard while at the same time boosting your protein intake!



For…

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Added by Elizabeth Wallace on December 22, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

LOVING OUR OLD-FASHION FARM CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION!

   CHRISTMAS IS CELEBRATED IN FRANKENMUTH YEAR ROUND.   BRONNER’S IS THE LARGEST CHRISTMAS STORE IN THE WORLD; IT’S ABOUT FIVE MILES FROM OUR FARM.  FOUNDER WALLY BRONNER WAS A LIFE-LONG FRIEND OF MY FATHER-IN-LAW, ELMER.  CHRISTMAS MUSIC, SNOW, SANTA, GLITTERY BULBS, LIGHTS, AND MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED CHRISTMAS TREES FILL THE FIVE ACRE STORE.  

    WALLY BRONNER AND MY IN-LAWS KNEW THAT CHRISTMAS IS MUCH MORE THAN SANTA AND PRETTY…

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Added by Joanmarie Weiss on December 15, 2014 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Meet Jenna Kelsay, one of Disney’s Citizen Kids

Editor’s note: Jenna Kelsay is a fifth-grader at Clark Pleasant Intermediate School and a seventh-generation dairy farmer in Indiana. She is one of the featured children at Disney’s Citizen Kid website (…

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Added by Proud to Dairy on December 8, 2014 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Still Proud To Dairy!

As our cows left the farm, it was a gray, cloudy day, which accurately reflected our mood. But we found a silver lining to help lighten our gloomy thoughts as we went through the herd sale process the last few months.  Once we advertised our cows for sale, we had a lot of younger farmers contact us about buying our herd. We were so pleased to find that there are still a lot of eager young people who want to get…

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Added by Betsy Fleury on December 6, 2014 at 9:04am — No Comments

Our Cows Have Been Sold!

Our herd has been sold! We found the perfect new place for them. An enthusiastic young farmer who is just starting his own herd has bought our cows. He is eager to get into registered Jerseys and we know that he will continue on with the wonderful cow families that we have created over the past 40 years. The cows will be leaving tomorrow. Although we will be very sad to see them go, we are sure that their new owner will give our cows a good home and care for them…

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Added by Betsy Fleury on December 5, 2014 at 7:13am — No Comments

Automatic Calf Feeders - The Future of our Farm



The future of your herd starts with the calves. It is essential to make sure that proper care is given to the cow to help the calf be born strong and healthy. Once the calf is born, as dairy producers, we understand the importance of getting colostrum into their belly and good housing. Regarding housing there are many different options from huts outside to individual pens in a building to group…

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Added by Christina Winch on November 26, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Give yourself a break this holiday season

I’m once again on a mission.

Those of you who know me or read my work know this is not a surprise.

I’m always up to something.

This time my crusade is about you.

And me.

The normal people in the world.

Those of us who are doing the best we can to care for our families, our farms and the people and places about which we deeply care.

All too often, though, we take care of anyone and everything other than the one person we need to take care of…

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Added by Karma Metzler Fitzgerald on November 19, 2014 at 8:32pm — 2 Comments

Meet and Greet - Robot Style : An Update on the Cows of Hillside Farm

The saying with robot barns goes like this...

3 days = No sleep

3 weeks= They kind of know what's going on

3 months= Things are rolling along

My version would go something like this...

3 days = Coffee!!!

3 weeks = I guess this is going okay?

3…

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Added by Laura Flory on November 2, 2014 at 1:53pm — 1 Comment

There is More to Me

Since I was a young girl I have always been a supporter of unique and different. I have a

strong belief that everyone should be who they want and be able to express their self without

judgement from other. My style has always reflected complete individuality. For example, my

favorite hair color is purple. Up until a few weeks ago I had purple highlights in my hair and I

loved it. Go figure.

I am in my late 20s now and for some reason…

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Added by Ashley Messing on October 27, 2014 at 1:26pm — 4 Comments

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