You really do cast a wide net with your statement “It’s not just that it produces unhealthy food, mishandles waste and overuses antibiotics in ways that harm us all.” It is very disheartening to myself a member of a family farming operation to be painted with such a broad brush.
As long-time dairy farmers, my family and I care deeply about our profession and 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, through lessons learned from previous generations we can operate our dairy more efficiently 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 at any time. Modern freestall housing keeps our animals comfortable and healthy – protecting them from weather extremes, predators and disease. Our herds health is checked at a minimum of every two weeks by a veterinarian.
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. As parents, & grandparents we take this responsibility seriously.