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Some people may think I am crazy. Others may think I am arrogant. They could all be right! It doesn`t matter. I am tired of sitting back, depending on gossip and watching as the all the news comes in the same old way.

Patty Jones has a passion for cows and for people who share that passion. “I work with a lot of new young farmers. I tell them off the bat what they need to do.” And she says they listen and pay attention.

Patty Jones has a passion for cows and for people who share that passion. “I work with a lot of new young farmers. I tell them off the bat what they need to do.” And she says they listen and pay attention. No doubt they recognize that with nearly forty years of experience photographing between 60 and 65000 cows, she knows what she’s talking about.

Avonlea Genetics keeps an active and up-to-date website that has the latest news. More importantly they also do a newsletter to keep their followers up to date on what is going on as well as upcoming consignments or sales.

It’s all depends on the genes. Still determining what sire to mate your cattle to can be very challenging. Your local A.I. representative will probably tell you to mate the cow to their highest ranked sire or whatever bull seems to be the flavor of the month.

Let the insanity begin! With the BC Spring show starting today, the 2012 show season officially begins. While everyone gets really excited about spring shows and finding that diamond in the rough 47-inch summer yearling. I find myself asking, “Does spring show really matter that much?”

“What’s the plan?” We hear or refer to that question several times every day. It’s the driving force when growing a business, or when you’re a resolving problem in the board room or, for those of us in the cattle industry, when you’re in the barn. People like Tim Abbott thrive on finding the answer. The owner of St. Jacobs ABC knows that having a good plan, from the barn to the board room, is the cornerstone of success in the dairy cattle business today. .

When the hammer dropped for $1.15 million for Lylehaven Lila Z EX-94 9* at The Triple Crown Sale, many in the crowd wondered was she really worth it? Or was it a marketing ploy? As someone who was involved in the marketing of the sale, many came and asked me if she really did sell or was it all BS?

Some men prefer boobs and others legs. The debate has gone on since the stone ages. Modern photography can enhance either choice – or both. But when it comes to photo enhancement in dairy cattle, technological advances in the past 15 years have really ramped up the discussion. Through programs like Adobe Photoshop graphic designers can pretty much create anything you want. Where do you draw the line? What is acceptable? What is not?