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22/10/2021 om 22:06

FARMERS SOLUTION CENTER LIVE BLOCK 3

Walking through a barn and sniffing if the feed is alright, may still not be possible at this time, but we will get you as close as it gets! Farmers from different continents of the world will guide you through their farm and pick out topics which we like to call "the smoking guns of the dairy industry". Looking forward to see you at the Farmers Solution Center.

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More cows, more staff, more challenges: Acquiring and retaining staff. 

Martijn Damsteegt, Dairy owner Hedsgaard Mindegaarden, Denmark

Working together in the dairy chain

Ken McCarty, owner McCarty Family Farms LLC, United States of America

Upon graduation from Wyalusing Valley High School in northeastern Pennsylvania in June of 2001 I moved to Kansas where I attended Kansas State University.  I majored in Animal Science and Industry with a production management option.  During my time at K-State I was heavily involved in the Dairy Science club, Ag Student Council, the Dairy Cattle Judging team and many other activities.  After my graduation in the spring of 2005 I returned to work at my family’s dairy farm located in Rexford, Kansas.  My family and I have grown our dairy from 1,500 milking cows on one farm in 2005 to 13,000 milking cows across five different dairies today.  We currently produce roughly 1.3 million pounds of raw Non GMO Certified and Validus Certified raw milk per day, of which approximately 685,000 pounds is processed per day through our evaporative condensing plant located in Rexford. We ship all of our products to Danone North America. At present, I am responsible for animal welfare, compliance to third party certifications, sustainability initiatives and public relations along with helping manage the Rexford dairy.   I currently live in Colby, Kansas with my beautiful wife Courtney and our three children, Kaeden, age 15, Kohen, age 7, and Krew age 4.  Courtney is a Registered Dietician and certified diabetes educator at our local hospital, Kaeden is a Sophomore involved in almost every activity that Colby has to offer, Kohen attends Colby Grade School as a first grader and eats everything in sight and Krew attends Puddle Duck Preschool.