You may ask why a farmer is using social networking and other means of connecting like I am. Well the answer is simple I am tired of having someone else tell my story for me no matter how well they do or do not know it or how accurate or inaccurate they tell it. I am a modern progressive dairy farmer who is addicted to technology and as some say is just a “geek”.
My family takes great pride in caring for our animals and being good stewards of the land. We have taken the time to apply for several voluntary certification programs to show that we do want to do the right thing. First is the CA Dairy Quality Assurance Program Environmental Stewardship training and certification we have been certified through this program since its inception in earlier this decade.. The second is the National Dairy FARM program for Animal Welfare, our dairy was part of a initial testing of the program in California early this year and passed with ease.
On any given day or night someone from my family or one of our employees might be up all night caring for animals, forgoing lunch or dinner to help with a difficult birth, or missing a family activity because of one simple thing “the cows come first”. We put the same commitment into the environment (page 5).
For these reasons above I choose to speak up and out about the awesome job that my family and the thousands of other families do to provide food, fuel and fiber to this great nation and the world.