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The savior may be fake, but the money is real

By Joel McNair The headline above Timothy Egan’s column in the June 21 edition of The New York Times assured that “Fake Meat Will Save Us”. I was very relieved, as it seems that we do need saving, and the idea of a fake savior is appropriate for the age, I guess. Seriously, this was […]

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Price alone won’t solve our problems

By Joel McNair Many dairy farmers believe that low milk prices are the biggest danger to their livelihoods. For more than a few, the thought is that the best solution would be a Canadian-style supply management program to boost milk prices and keep them at profitable levels. I don’t buy all of the arguments for […]

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For love of trees

A Wisconsin dairyman sees advantages to planting them in his pastures By Dylan Paris Platteville, Wisconsin — Don Austin just likes trees. Over the past 30 years the veteran dairy grazier has planted hundreds of them along property boundaries and interior fences, next to cattle lanes and in the midst of pastures. Oaks and elms, […]

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Allen Williams

What are fatty acids, and why are they important?

by Allen Williams, Ph.D. Meat and milk consumers are becoming increasingly interested in fatty acids and are asking lots of questions about what they are and why they are important. With that in mind, I’ll offer a relatively straightforward explanation that might help your understanding of fatty acids and better enable you to answer such […]

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Small dairy adapting to changing markets

Tim Pauli’s traditional farming methods still working Belleville, Wisconsin—Change comes even to seemingly timeless farms. For instance, come February Tim Pauli’s milk will be on an organic truck. One of the more popular interview subjects in the history of Graze, Tim has made a very good living for the past three decades on the income […]

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Charles Flodquist and John Richmond II

Passing a life’s work to a new generation

Apprentice program offers an opportunity Colfax, Wisconsin — “I’ve enjoyed farming all my life.” With that statement, Chuck Flodquist may be speaking for quite a few veteran dairy graziers who would love to keep living the life. But reality eventually comes calling. At retirement age, and three years past a back injury, Chuck recognizes he […]

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