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It didn't feel much like power to Brett Danyow on that particular
morning as he stood scratching his head, puzzled by the issues he
was continuing to have with a group housing calf barn constructed less than six months earlier and outfitted with state of the art
technology.
"We were still trying to figure out what we were doing and how
we were doing it," he says, recalling his frustration at the time.
"It was a whole other management style to take on, going from
individual pens. We were about five months into that barn, had a
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fairly high level of health issues with the calves, and I was pulling
my hair out."
Recalling his father's arrival on the scene, Brett shakes his head
with a grin, appreciating in retrospect the dry humor of his father's
visit.
"He looked around for a minute and said 'Well, when I put up
that greenhouse barn it took me about a year and a half to figure it
out. You go another twelve months and you'll have this one figured
out.' I can still remember it. He just turned around and walked out
the door, and I'm like, 'Dammit!' And then, 'Okay.'"
Brett shrugs. "So, I figured it out."
For those admiring at a distance the iconic red barn set in its pastoral landscape, there are very few with enough insight to think
about how the barn actually got there. Managing large-scale construction projects isn't something the average person would recognize as an integral aspect of dairy farming, but the built environment of a farm is of course as vital as the animals it houses.
In their age, changing roles, challenges and effects, every building has a story to tell in the evolution of a place and the history of
the people that live there.
For the Danyows, that history goes back to its original owner,
Orville Danyow, who put up its original modest structures-two
stanchion barns and a heifer barn. He sold the business to his son
James in 1970 and throughout that first decade James continued to
work with what he'd inherited. He embarked on his first large project in 1980, tearing down one stanchion barn to construct a free
stall barn in its place. When it was finished, James was milking 80


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