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Animal care-attention to details


It is time for the animal agriculture industry to come together and promote the great things we do to care for our animals on a daily basis. I personally at times have been up for nearly 24 hours to provide care for ill animals or helping cows give birth. I’m regularly woken up in the middle of the night to tend to our cow’s well-being, whether it’s calving or fixing a waterer. I have had to leave family gatherings, church and my children’s events early due to having an emergency to handle on the farm.

We in animal agriculture try to do the right things for our cows for the right reasons.  Our farm goes to great and costly measures to provide proper care for our animals and to maintain a comfortable environment for them. Various methods used to provide for our cows comfort are:

  • Soft rubber mats in concrete lanes for them to walk on and stay out of mud
  • Cooling soakers for hot days to help reduce body temperatures
  • Access to a nutritional dense and well balanced diet
  • Access to fresh clean water
  • Prompt medical care
  • Regularly scheduled visits from our veterinarian
  • Clean soft bedding

By working closely with our veterinarian we provide prompt and proper medical care to our animals. We administer antibiotics in proper amounts to help cure anything that ails our animals such as pneumonia or fevers. Milk with antibiotic residues is never used for human consumption in the United States. Every load of our milk is tested to make sure it contains no antibiotics; any that does is rejected by the milk plant.

This kind of care for our animals and attention to details is not only the right way to operate a dairy; it is also the right way to run any small business. Our small business just happens to be caring for animals and producing safe, nutritious food for the world.

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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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