Livestock

If Food Waste Is Decreased Is It a Bad Thing?

I often see criticism of agriculture in that the amount of food that goes to feed livestock could feed people. I see criticism for using food waste to feed livestock. And if it’s “wrong” I wonder what the solution is? Most of the feed we use for livestock is something humans can’t eat. Forages, for […]

A Ride in the Hackamore

Dino isn’t the first horse I’ve ridden or put into the hackamore. There have been many photos posted here of my horse Gump (Dino’s older half brother) in the hackamore, but Dino is by far the softest horse I’ve gotten ready for the next progression in making a bridle horse. Last week we drifted heifer […]

Instagrams Around the Ranch

I haven’t been posting here as much as I’d like, but that doesn’t mean the action has stopped! This morning, I thought I’d share some of the fun I’ve captured via my iPhone. Enjoy! Oh and don’t forget to enter my contest! The print is on its way to me as we speak! This is […]

Help! My Hen Crowed!

Any time one messes with animals there are always those who don’t read the books of how things are supposed to be. Sometimes that causes alarm when facing with something – like raising a hen that crows. Common knowledge is that roosters crow, hens cluck, right? Some roosters crow easily and at odd things, like […]

Is Milk Safe? How do I Know it’s Free of Antibiotics?

Did you know none of the milk in the grocery store, conventional or organic, contains antibiotics? Regardless if milk is labeled as being free of antibiotics or not. All milk is tested for antibiotics and discarded if it tests positive. Of the 3.19 million loads of raw milk delivered to processing plants across the country in 2013, only 445, or 0.014%, tested positive for antibiotics. This milk was dumped and never reached the grocery store shelf.

 
In this video, I share how dairy farmers keep antibiotics out of milk;
 

In my experience, milk safety and quality systems in the U.S. work. Milk quality begins at the farm, but is carried through all the people responsible along the way including the person who hauls milk from the farm to the processor and the processor who prepares the product for retail sale.
 
Here’s what fellow dairy farmers, a veterinarian and a dietician have to say about milk safety;
 
Milk Testing…If it’s not perfect, we pitch it! By Shannon Siefert, Minnesota Dairy Farmer
“I bet you didn’t know that each dairy farmer is required to keep ANY cows treated with antibiotics separate from the other cows that are not treated with antibiotics. The milk from all treat cows is usually disposed of and does not enter the human food supply. If it’s not perfect, we pitch it, every time, everyday!”
 
Antibiotics in my Milk? by Dairy Moos Blog, California Dairy Farmer
“I can say confidently that there are no antibiotics in any milk because it’s illegal for antibiotics to be in the milk.”
 
Cows, Antibiotics, and You by Will Gilmer, Alabama Dairy Farmer
“When antibiotics are deemed necessary for the sake of an animal’s health, we have a process that allows us to help the cow while protecting the safety and integrity of the milk that leaves our farm.”

Veterinarians, Farmers Have Shared Goal of Producing Safe Milk Supply
From coast to coast, dairy veterinarians around the nation feel similarly about using antibiotics responsibly. Chick here to watch how veterinarian, Dr. Richard Veeman, cares for cows in Oregon. 
 
Food for Thought – A Perpetual Post by Melissa Joy Dobbinson, Registered Dietitian
 
Click here for a great resource that shares brief videos with answers to common questions about milk safety. 
 
I want to assure you U.S. dairy products are safe. They are among the most highly regulated and tested products on the store shelf today. You can feel good about serving milk and dairy products to your family!
 

Is Milk Safe? How do I Know it’s Free of Antibiotics?

Did you know none of the milk in the grocery store, conventional or organic, contains antibiotics? Regardless if milk is labeled as being free of antibiotics or not. All milk is tested for antibiotics and discarded if it tests positive. Of the 3.19 million loads of raw milk delivered to processing plants across the country in 2013, only 445, or 0.014%, tested positive for antibiotics. This milk was dumped and never reached the grocery store shelf.

 
In this video, I share how dairy farmers keep antibiotics out of milk;
 

In my experience, milk safety and quality systems in the U.S. work. Milk quality begins at the farm, but is carried through all the people responsible along the way including the person who hauls milk from the farm to the processor and the processor who prepares the product for retail sale.
 
Here’s what fellow dairy farmers, a veterinarian and a dietician have to say about milk safety;
 
Milk Testing…If it’s not perfect, we pitch it! By Shannon Siefert, Minnesota Dairy Farmer
“I bet you didn’t know that each dairy farmer is required to keep ANY cows treated with antibiotics separate from the other cows that are not treated with antibiotics. The milk from all treat cows is usually disposed of and does not enter the human food supply. If it’s not perfect, we pitch it, every time, everyday!”
 
Antibiotics in my Milk? by Dairy Moos Blog, California Dairy Farmer
“I can say confidently that there are no antibiotics in any milk because it’s illegal for antibiotics to be in the milk.”
 
Cows, Antibiotics, and You by Will Gilmer, Alabama Dairy Farmer
“When antibiotics are deemed necessary for the sake of an animal’s health, we have a process that allows us to help the cow while protecting the safety and integrity of the milk that leaves our farm.”

Veterinarians, Farmers Have Shared Goal of Producing Safe Milk Supply
From coast to coast, dairy veterinarians around the nation feel similarly about using antibiotics responsibly. Chick here to watch how veterinarian, Dr. Richard Veeman, cares for cows in Oregon. 
 
Food for Thought – A Perpetual Post by Melissa Joy Dobbinson, Registered Dietitian
 
Click here for a great resource that shares brief videos with answers to common questions about milk safety. 
 
I want to assure you U.S. dairy products are safe. They are among the most highly regulated and tested products on the store shelf today. You can feel good about serving milk and dairy products to your family!
 

Tuesday’s Tales – Ellie The Calf

I’m pretty sure Spring is in full swing. The wild onions are sprouting. The Meadowlarks call to one another. There are ducks everywhere (including our calving corral this morning), and the world is turning an emerald shade of green. There’s been plenty of wind, it’s currently raining, and there’s muddy gumbo everywhere here in Armstrong. […]

Buckskin and Blue

I think it’s time for a giveaway! It’s been a while, and since we’re calving, and don’t have time to share the stories (and there are a few already), this will be the next best thing, right? A couple weeks ago, I shared this photo on Facebook and everyone loved it. Then I shared it […]

Calves, cows, horses, wind…

In case anyone is wondering, I’m still alive. Though sometimes I’m not sure how awake I am! We have started calving in earnest – which means all night heifer checks for me, morning runs through the cows, afternoon rides through the heifers and heifer pairs, afternoons of drifting heifer pairs to summer pasture and of […]

Farmland: The Movie

Today is Earth Day, a day to reflect on our impact on the environment around us. Farmers are caretakers of many acres of land in this country, so its appropriate to focus on farmers during Earth Day. Are you interested in learning more about how farmers care for their land and animals? If so, watch Farmland: The Movie.

I recently had the opportunity to watch Farmland: The Movie. This documentary follows six young farmers and their families exposing the joys and challenges of production agriculture. It was good to see the diversity of the farmers featured; small, large, conventional and organic and from all corners of the U.S.

  
As I watched, I found myself relating to these farm families when they spoke about the risks farmers face, how dependent we are on the weather, that it’s necessary to work long hours to get crops into the ground, and the commitment we have to animal care. It displayed how generations of family members are involved in the farm. And how we in production agriculture are at the mercy of factors beyond our control; the weather, the price paid for our finished product, input costs and government policy/regulations.
One scene that particularly moved me was during Christmas when a little boy opened his present, a toy combine. He was thrilled to have a piece of equipment like Dad uses. This young man dreams of becoming a farmer. The father of this boy shared his hopes and reservations about his son entering production agriculture. This experienced farmer has seen good times and bad. He’s seen some years of profitability and times when he almost lost everything. That’s the reality of farming.
As a dairy farmer’s daughter with children who may become dairy farmers someday, I can relate to the mixed emotions parents feel when thinking about their children following in their footsteps. On one hand, there are rewards and satisfaction with this occupation and lifestyle. On the other hand, there is a lot of risk, long hours, and many challenges. 
This film accurately portrays farm families. If you’re looking for true stories about food production, I encourage you to watch this movie. It will be in select theaters May 1st. Soon after that, on DVD and Netflix.
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Check out another review of the movie “Farmland documentary shows the truth: Farming is not easy” written by Susan Crowell, Editor, Farm & Dairy Newspaper.