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Farms May Change but Values Don’t


In the past few years, there’s been much discussion in California about the state of animal agriculture. Yes, farms have changed – but know that the values that drive producers haven’t.

As long-time dairy farmers, my father, brother and I are passionate about our profession and committed to doing what’s right for our animals and natural resources, while producing dairy products that are safe, affordable and healthy for your family.

Today, we operate more efficiently at our 500-cow dairy to keep up with the growing world demand for our milk and to remain economically viable. Modern technology enhances individual animal care and attention; for example, using my cell phone I can now access whole-health history for each cow. Modern housing keeps our animals comfortable and healthy – protecting them from weather extremes, predators and disease. A vet is here a minimum of every other week to check on our herd.

We’re also doing everything we can to conserve and minimize our impact on the environment. In fact, we conserve 10- to 11-million gallons of groundwater each year through re-use.

Change? Yes. Compromise? No. We manage every aspect of our farm in a socially responsible manner so we can be proud of the legacy we leave.

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About raylindairy

Ray is a partner with his parents in Ray-Lin Dairy in Denair, Ca. The operation milks 475 cows and double crops corn & winter forage on 130 of the 240 acres with about 90 acres of pasture. The family also has 1200 ac operation in Klamath Falls OR that raises alfalfa hay, wheat hay, and oat hay. Ray is currently secretary of the Agchat Foundation an entity he helped found whose mission is to empower farmer to use social media. He is currently a on the board of directors of CA Dairy Campaign, Dairy CARES, and is the 2nd Vice-President of Stanislaus County Farm Bureau. He is also a member of the National Dairy Board. In addition to his involvement in agricultural organizations’ he is the Chairperson of the Governance Committee at a newly formed charter school his daughter attends, and serves as a director for the East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District. Ray and his wife Erica live on the dairy with their two children.

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