As a longtime family dairy farmer, I’m angered by TIME’s biased attack on agriculture in its article “Getting Real About the High Price of Cheap Food.” There’s no question that farming, like every industry, has changed – but the change is driven by a passion for our profession.
My father, brothers and I are committed to doing what’s right for our community, our animals and natural resources, while producing dairy products that are safe, affordable and healthy.
Today, my father, brother and I can operate our 500-cow dairy more efficiently to keep up with the growing world demand for our milk. Modern technology enhances individual animal care; for example, I can access whole-health history for each cow from my cell phone. Modern freestall housing keeps our animals comfortable and healthy – protecting them from weather extremes, predators and disease. Also, a veterinarian frequently checks on our herd.
We’re committed to doing everything we can to conserve and minimize our impact on the environment, too – from re-using 10- to 11-million gallons of groundwater each year to carefully applying nutrients from manure to grow our crops.
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.