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Netherland natives Erwin and Theresia Lageschaar, along with their son, Mike, operate Lageschaar Dairy, a 600-acre farm in Pickton, Texas. As a child, Erwin says he dreamed of running his own operation. To gain experience, he worked on a dairy and hog farm in Holland. Theresia grew up on a dairy, but never thought she’d work on one. However, in 1990, the Lageschaars pursued Erwin’s dream and moved to the United States to find a dairy to call their own.


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Derrell Hanson
Through open communication and motivation, producers have learned the techniques for successful employee retention

All employers know that reliable, dedicated employees can positively impact the bottom line. But for many dairy producers, retaining a legal and stable workforce is challenging in today’s complex and ever-changing industry.

For dairies to retain good employees, dairy managers must be willing to motivate their employees, says Bernie Erven, associate professor in the...

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With clear and common goals, the Munk family works together to ensure their dairy’s success for generations to come

At 87, Bob Munk may play a less active role on his family’s dairy than he did a few decades ago, but that doesn’t mean he’s out of the loop.

“My three sons make most of the decisions,” he says. “But I keep my hand on the checkbook.”

Bob logs more than 4,000 miles a year on his four-wheeler, riding around the 500-cow dairy his three sons, Brent, Jerry and Rod,...

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Jim Bylsma, Western Area and Corporate Resolutions
Jim Bylsma Dairy, Escalon, Calif.

Jim Bylsma has spent 33 years on the farm he took over from his father in Escalon, Calif. Milking 600 cows and raising four children has kept him busy, but Bylsma still finds time to serve on Dairy Farmers of America’s Western Area and Corporate Resolutions Committees, a position he’s held since DFA’s formation in 1998. DFA’s resolutions are guidelines used by the Board of Directors and Cooperative...

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