Category: Environment

6 Reasons You Should Stock Up

The “preppers” are often seen as extreme. Who needs 300 rolls of toilet paper and 400 dehydrated meals in the basement? Who needs a ton of stuff we’ll never use. Here’s a thought – if you’ll never use it, don’t stock up on it! Having a case of refried beans if I don’t  like refried […]

Humble Pie

Have you ever had a conversation – or tried to have a conversation! – with someone who knew it all? It’s like the mouth asks a question but the mind is thinking how to convince you to come to their viewpoint. I think of a California cousin who did this. For weeks during the summer […]

Abercrombie & Fitch a Niche Market – & How It Relates to SlowMoneyFarm

So it’s been widely discussed, insulted, criticized and not very much supported when CEO Mike Jeffries talked about their target audience. This is their market, followed through with models must work for them then get picked to model. This insures young model hopefuls are in their stores, no matter their sales talent. “In every school […]

Illegal Farming Practices & Common Sense

I see, on a regular basis, reports online that farms aren’t regulated when the truth is far from that. A friend with a larger hog farm must maintain feed purchase records similar to a feed store – she’s not reselling but it falls under the requirements to do so. When we look at offering new […]

What is No-Till?

I recently posted this picture of amassed corn stalk residue on my The Farmer’s Life facebook page with the description “Water has caused crop residue to accumulate in some areas creating a thick mat. In our no-till fields. We may have to burn a few of these to assist the planter in placing seed correctly.” […]

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Stocking Density, Overcrowding, Excess Consumption – How Do We Balance?

On any given day there are hundreds of stories, repeating tales and condemnation of factory farms. The horrible conditions in feedlots and commercial facilities are repeated, and too often it’s not with context. Then comes a comment that makes me sit up and say “WHAT?!” Such was the case last night. As a small soon […]

Happy Earth Day, y’all!

People from all over the place are celebrating Earth Day today, which I tend to refer to as “Monday”.  In fact, I know today is Earth Day only because it was printed on a calendar I have hanging in the milking barn. When you practice what Earth Da…

Happy Earth Day, y’all!

People from all over the place are celebrating Earth Day today, which I tend to refer to as “Monday”.  In fact, I know today is Earth Day only because it was printed on a calendar I have hanging in the milking barn. When you practice what Earth Da…

Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

Many think saving energy is great if someone else does it. Recycling is great if it’s not inconvenient. So what about Earth day? The US Environmental Protection Agency lists a program of Pick 5 for the Environment with ideas to help pull your share. Use the water you need and reuse when possible is among […]

Cows & Farmers are Marvelous Recyclers

Today people are recognizing Earth Day. The ruminant animals on our farm celebrate Earth Day everyday by utilizing products nobody else can use.

Dairy cows are the most amazing creatures because they can change many different kinds of feed
stuffs, by-products and marginal forages into nutrient rich milk! Many ingredients we feed cows are by-products; soybean meal is the by-product of soy oil, corn gluten is the by-product of corn syrup, brewers grain is the by-product of making beer, distillers grain is the by-product of producing ethanol, cottonseed is the by-product of cotton material/clothing, refused fruits/vegetables are the by-products of retail store food waste, almond hulls are the by-products of almond production and potatoes/skins are the by-products of potato chip manufacturing.

This is our commodity barn – there’s a different feed ingredient in each bay

People don’t have any use for these products, but they contain nutrients animals can use to produce milk and meat. Since cows can effectively consume and process these by-products, that means less waste in landfills. This makes dairy and beef cattle very environmentally-friendly animals.

Our cows consuming their feed

In addition to our remarkable recycling cows, we recycle manure by applying it as a natural fertilizer, reuse water two or three times and have equipment that conserves energy. We reuse and repurpose materials on our farm all the time. Items like wood, pipe, metal, twine, barrels, parts, pieces, etc. You name it, we’ve probably used it more than once to repair, replace, or prolong the life to something on the farm.

The playground we created for visitors includes many recycled materials from our farm. . . .

This slide is an old water trough
This fun “Tire Snake” is made of used tires

For more information about dairy farmers earth-friendly practices, check out these resources;
Ohio Dairy Farmers – Caring for the Environment
This page features commonly asked questions with video answers from experts. Some of the
questions include; What regulations are in place to help protect the environment? How are dairy
farmers meeting today’s environmental regulations? Or How do dairy farmers keep our water safe?

Dairy Good
Dairy families celebrating Healthy People, Healthy Communities, and a Healthy Planet.

Dairy Farming Today – Environmental Care
This resource provides a Q&A about how dairy farmers care for the environment.

Improvements and efficiencies have enabled dairy to decrease their carbon footprint by 63% over the last 60 years. Today it takes less land, water, feed and resources to produce a gallon of milk.

This Infographic explains how dairy farmers are stewards of the land

For more posts I’ve written regarding how cows and dairy farmers impact the environment, check out the Environment page on my blog for links.

From our farm to your home, happy Earth Day!