Author: Brenda Hastings

The Milk Inspector is Coming

Food safety is a priority for dairy producers and milk processors. There are many rules and regulations we dairy farmers must follow to ensure we’re producing a safe and quality product. Any dairy producing Grade A milk must meet specific guideli…

Sustainable Farms = Sustainable Food Supply

The term sustainable agriculture is used plenty these days. This is what sustainable means to me.As a dairy producer, my vision of sustainability encompasses;1) Sustaining the economic viability of our farm. This business must be profitable or it can

Generations of Dairy Farmers

Lad and my families have a long history in the U.S. dairy industry. My family is from California and Lad’s from Ohio but their stories are similar.Harold “Chief” Hastings (Lad’s grandfather) with his first cow in the 1930’sCurby Goldsmith (Brenda’s g…

Our Dairy Version of The Twelve Days of Christmas

Our snow covered milking parlorOn the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me;Twelve frozen water troughsEleven cows a mooingTen busy employeesNine feed ingredientsEight bales of straw for beddingSeven cozy new calvesSix tractors freezingFive …

Let it Snow – Preparing for Winter on our Farm

We began winter with three feet of snow last week and it looks like were in for another two feet of snow this week! It’s December in northeast Ohio which means snow is falling and temperatures are dropping. The holiday season is upon us. Our boys are a…

Growing Up on Our Farm – Calf to Heifer to Milk Cow

Calves are born on our farm every day. The heifer (female) calves are raised to become the future of our milking herd. The bull (male) calves are sold at the local livestock auction.One of our heifer calves in a hutchOur heifer calves spend the first t…

Al Gore Confirms what Dairy Farmers Know – U.S. Corn Ethanol is Not Good Policy

Last week, Al Gore had an epiphany that many dairy farmers had several years ago; corn-based ethanol is not good policy. He admitted he “made the mistake” of supporting corn-based ethanol to win votes from the farming population in Iowa and Tenness…

Dairy Farmers Care for their Cows Like You Care for Your Pets

The following post was written by John Parker, an independent agricultural writer from Ashtabula County, Ohio. The pictures are from our dairy farm.Most folks who have a pet, with few exceptions, give that pet the best of care because they enjoy that d…

Got Facts? The New York Times article about Dairy got it Wrong

Our cows strolling to the milking parlor Recently, the New York Times published a story claiming the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the funding source of Dairy Management Inc. (DMI). The mission of DMI is increasing sales and demand …

Fun on the Farm

Growing up on a farm is a great lifestyle for families. Being a farmer takes long hours of hard work but also provides unique opportunities for family fun.It’s lots of fun to play in the feed . . . . Our son Jack playing in the feedMy husband, Lad, pla…