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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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Conventional tactics, unconventional dairy

Tafels combine cow comfort with no-grain feeding Laurens, New York — Adam and Margaret Tafel do a lot of things that are considered good practices in the conventional dairy world. They work hard at harvesting quality forages. They try to keep their cows comfortable in freestalls and tunnel ventilation. They watch body condition and feed […]

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The similarities of grassfed beef and dairy

By Allen Williams, Ph.D. The grassfed beef sector has expanded rapidly over the past decade, ballooning from less than $40 million in domestic retail sales value in 2005 to $550 million in 2015. Annual sales growth of grassfed beef averaged 25-30% over the period. Interest in “100% grassfed” dairy is also taking off, with the […]

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Cows graze on the Van Amburgh farm

The seven pillars of 100% grassfed dairy

By Paul and Phyllis Van Amburgh Sharon Springs, New York — We like to say we don’t suffer from an agricultural education. Paul was a builder and Phyllis an occupational therapist prior to our farming lives. We mean no disrespect to agricultural degree programs or the folks who complete them, but we like to make […]

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Heidels with cows

Premiums welcomed, but not required

David just thinks A2 and no-grain are the most ‘ethical’ ways to make milk Random Lake, Wisconsin – The future of alternative dairy might well be on display on a small organic farm operated by a maverick 70-year old with a graduate degree in crop chemicals. David Heidel feeds no grain to his dairy animals […]

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