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For Rodney and Dorothy Elliott, sustainability comes in many forms. It means caring for the environment, caring for their animals, and providing a good living for their family, employees and local businesses.
Making sure that 2,100 dairy cows are healthy, fed and well-cared-for is a big job. As herd manager for Boadwine Dairy in Baltic, South Dakota, Heidi Selken takes on that responsibility every day. She ensures that the right mix of feed ingredients are delivered, sick cows are monitored and provided appropriate care, cows visit the milking parlor three times each day, and she is able to track each cow’s health and production through the farm’s management software.