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My comments on:Op-Ed Columnist – Food for the Soul – NYTimes.com


Mr. Kristof,

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.

Op-Ed Columnist – Food for the Soul – NYTimes.com

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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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