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Farmers who care about animals.

Here is a compilation of blogs I have seen in response to the Mercy For Animals video of calf abuse from Texas. Coming from those farmers who care greatly for their animals the common themes all the posts have is outrage, anger and disappointment towards those committing the cruelty.

(If I have missed any responses please leave a comment with the link and I will add them)

Ray-Lin Dairy Is going Vegan the Answer to Animal Abuse?

Haley Farms No Mercy For Animal Abuse

Agriculture Proud  Quality Food Begins With Quality Animal Care

Agriculture Proud Video – Ranchers Care About Animal Welfare

Cause Matters The Tears I’ve Shed…. Animal Abuse

Crystal Cattle Animal Abuse in Agriculture

Dairy Innovation Animal abuse: Still a Big No No!

Zweber Farms  Video:Calf Care on Zweber Farms December 2010

Zweber Family Farm News  Calf and Animal Care is our Number One!

Orange Patch Dairy Too mad to go to bed!

killrocfarms Animal abuse: Never acceptable

Pinke Post Link Up Wordless/Wordful Wednesday: Despite Animal Abuse Headlines

Life as an Iowa Farmwife Animal Abuse, Undercover Videos, and Doing the Right Thing

From the Tractor Seat Animal Abuse

The Ole Cowmilkers Random Thoughts Animal Care

Buzzard’s Beat No Excuse

ag – a colorful adventure Hold People to A Higher Standard

Reflections from a Country Boy We Care For Our Livestock!

Loos Tales Interview with the owner of E6 Ranch

Slow Money Farm – Life, Farm, Food Double Standards and Bad Days

Around the Farm Blog Fighting moral fire with moral fire

My View Quality Animal Care

Maricle Minute: Family, Food, & Farm Atrocious!

Jersey [Cow] Girl And So It Goes

Dairy Devotion Why am I doing this?

Pearl Snap’s Ponderings Animal Abuse Unacceptable

Topwinds Dairy Animal Care is Priority

Purple Poke Animal Abuse – Simply Unacceptable

Food For Thought – The Blog  Enraged: Animal Abuse Video

Beef Daily Blog A Rancher’s Letter To You About Animal Abuse

Wag’N Tales Safe at home

A Farm Girl’s Perspective Do those shooting animal abuse videos really have mercy for the animals?

FarmersWife30 Heartbreak and Anger

Loos Tales Nathan Runkle founder Mercy for Animals on E6 Ranch

The Frolicking Farmgirl  No Excuse for Animal Abuse

Haley Farms Why Animal Abuse?

Cow Spots and Tales 100% NOT okay

Northview Dairy And the Badly Ugly

A Dairy Goddess’ Blog Spring, Harvest, Calves And Cheese: A Few Of Dairy Goddesses Favorite Things

Curios Cattle

These heifers are getting nosy with the camera!

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.


26 thoughts on “Farmers who care about animals.

  1. I’ve also posted a video response on my YouTube page.

    Posted by Ryan Goodman | April 20, 2011, 2:25 PM
  2. Please tell me what you do with all of the calves born at your farm. Thank you.

    Posted by Alexandra | April 20, 2011, 10:37 PM
  3. Great post Ray!

    If Mercy for Animals really cared about protecting animals from abuse, they would quit worrying so much about their agenda and stop the abuse as soon as it happened!

    I discuss the situation further on my blog:

    Posted by Celeste Laurent | April 21, 2011, 10:27 AM
  4. Thanks for compiling all of these responses Ray! I know you and the majority of farmers DO CARE FOR YOUR ANIMALS!


    Posted by Robin Rastani | April 21, 2011, 10:32 AM
  5. Thanks for putting together a great list. I had to take some time to process what I’d viewed in the video. My take can be viewed at

    Posted by farmerswife30 | April 21, 2011, 11:06 AM
  6. Great post Ray. Thanks for putting together this list and including my blog. Keep up the work.

    Posted by shelbylayne | April 21, 2011, 2:25 PM
  7. Great idea to make this list! It’s encouraging to see so many people weighing in on this and then sharing their own farm’s story

    Posted by Lisa | April 22, 2011, 4:37 AM
  8. Just what the public needs to see. An operation owned by a corporation, hiring illegal aliens to beat calves to death. You will notice I didn’t mention farming. This is not farming. I am appalled to be lumped into the same group with them!

    Posted by Paul | April 23, 2011, 5:48 AM
    • Paul I too am appalled at the actions of a few in Texas. However I have know personal knowledge of the E6 Ranch and can’t say they are a corporation or their employees are illegal aliens. Both may well be true as well as they could also be false. I am only judging what I saw on the video and will leave judgment on any unknowns to such a time that I have the proper knowledge to make an accurate judgement.

      Posted by raylindairy | April 23, 2011, 6:12 AM
  9. The film about two former dairy-farmers is amazing –
    who happen to now be plant-based doctors:

    View the trailer:

    I agree with Critter Mike (whose post I don’t see up here) – – if people really cared about animals, they wouldn’t be in the business of making a buck off of these gentle animals and exploiting them. That is what it is: exploitation. No matter how you try to dance around it. I guess some people can “love” the animals while simultaneously exploiting them, but to many of us that shows a disconnect of conscience.
    My health got so much better years ago when I went vegan, and I can’t imagine ever going back.

    And nutritionally, many of us have found the work of these doctors to be more than intelligent and compelling:

    What: Forks Over Knives Screening at Sunshine Cinema
    When: Sunday, May 8, 2011 11:00 AM

    Where: Landmark Sunshine Theater
    143 E Houston St
    New York, NY 10002


    Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline traces the personal journeys of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional scientist from Cornell University, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a former top surgeon at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic. Inspired by remarkable discoveries in their young careers, these men conducted several groundbreaking studies. Their separate research led them to the same startling conclusion: degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented—and in many cases reversed—by adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet. In addition, cameras follow “reality patients” who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes, and are taught by their doctors to adopt a whole foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments.

    Posted by rebecca | April 27, 2011, 11:19 AM
    • One of the great things about this country we live in is that we can all have freedom in our beliefs and expressions. I am a firm believer in the freedom to have choices and the ability to exercise that right to choose whether it be diet, lifestyle or career.

      Posted by raylindairy | May 4, 2011, 10:31 PM
  10. Hello Dairy Farmers… uh , we get it , not all dairies are bad. But MFA is most certainley doing the right thing in exposing cruelty. I know this has negative effects on your “good” business as well. And believe me I love milk and cheese but NOT at the expense of those pitiful animals. We consumers don’t know which dairy farms are being cruel vs. which ones are not. How about ya’ll stepping up and making sure the Dairy Business has strict policies , laws, and consequences to guard against the bad guys getting away with it. Surely word travels in small circles and whispers of abuse are heard. Do something about it and Root them out so I can enjoy some cheese with a peace of mind !!

    Posted by Sammy | August 2, 2011, 11:08 AM


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