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Pedersen receives state DHIA honor

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BUFFALO — Jo Pedersen of Murdock, field representative with the Minnesota Dairy Herd Improvement Association, received the Career Service Award at the 2013 annual DHIA meeting in Buffalo.

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In 1993, Pedersen was one of the first field reps to start collecting data in notebook computers with the goal of more efficient data entry and providing reports on the farm. With Pedersen’s expertise and assistance, all Minnesota DHIA field reps began using computers at their farms on sample day within one year. Pedersen continues to be an innovator and pioneer in rolling out new DHI services.

Pederson provides service to dairy producers in Kandiyohi, Pope, and Swift counties. She began her career with Minnesota DHIA in 1982, completing 31 years of service at the end of March 2013. Each month, Pedersen serves 38 herds with 5,555 cows.

Minnesota DHIA is a non-profit organization with over 50 percent of dairy producers using the association’s information services. New services include animal health and pregnancy testing using milk samples.

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