Category: Environment

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!

Smartphone Sprayer Calibration

Author: Dino Giacomazzi Publication: Dairy Today Publication Date: April 2013 When people ask me what I do for a living I tell them I am a dairy farmer. I think this is a fitting job description because in addition to caring for dairy cows, we also grow a lot of their feed. We do all…

Population – How Crowded is Too Crowded?

Factory farms. Overcrowding. Animals in close quarters to make maximum use of every square foot. Critics put these things forth as the worst of agriculture. If we mention keeping 80 rabbits in the space of a three car garage it’s called overcrowding, even if each animal has their own space, is fed and watered and […]

Agriculture And Farm Misconceptions

There seems, among some, an increasing interest in knowing how their food gets to their table. While some have political interests in waging for or against biotechnology and other issues, others just want to know how it’s done. As I mentioned yesterday, much of this comes to perception. This is hard to shake, and it’s […]

Are You Ready for an Easter Bunny?

We don’t raise – or sell – rabbits as pets including Easter bunnies, but many do. You’ll find them in pet stores and feed stores, featured in rescues and shelters competing for that Easter bunny dollar. I hope before people get that bunny for their child or themselves that they take a few minutes to […]

What’s Wrong With Moderation?

There seems to be a knee jerk response from many of us who raise meat animals that speaking of reduction by choice (not from legislation phasing out) is a bad thing. There are facts that are hard to get around. Obesity is high. Health problems, and the resulting drugs from it is also high. Food […]

Farming Smarter with Cover Crops

Last September we seeded our first round of cover crops on roughly 200 acres.  These crops that we will never harvest are probably the most exciting thing on the farm right now for me. What is a Cover Crop A cover crop does just what it says.  It covers the soil during the period between […]

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Farming Smarter with Cover Crops

Last September we seeded our first round of cover crops on roughly 200 acres.  These crops that we will never harvest are probably the most exciting thing on the farm right now for me. What is a Cover Crop A … Continue reading

Farm Week in Pictures 01/13/2013

Another week has passed. We’ve been meeting about taxes, checking out farm sales, cleaning up equipment, and more. Here a few pictures of the highlights. What have you done this week?

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