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Savoring a visit to a Chilean dairy

• arclein

The farmers, fifth-generations descended from German settlers, raise Friesian cattle. They are adding Red Holstein to improve their herd's genetics and milk production. The farm has grass year-round. Twice a day, cows are moved to new pastures, maximizing the grass and forage they have. They also receive supplemental feed while they are milking. The day before our visit, the farmer was able to purchase shares in a local milk cooperative. He'd been trying to join the cooperative for seven years. This change meant the farm's milk was now being sold to Colun, the largest dairy plant in Chile. The company requires high quality milk, so the farm's focus on genetics will help meet the goals of their new milk buyer.

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