I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 19.

Stuff I read about this week that you should care about 9/22/17

“Like Christmas, but better.” Me, getting ready for World Dairy Expo

Every year, dairy enthusiasts from around the world gather to celebrate at World Dairy Expo (WDE), held in Madison, WI, the first week of October. Since it started over 50 years ago, WDE has been a “a forum for dairy producers, companies, organizations and other dairy enthusiasts to come together to compete, and to exchange ideas, knowledge, technology and commerce.

WDE is a week that brings in the greatest cows from across the country, a trade-show full of new technologies from dairy companies, the latest and greatest dairy foods and just a whole lot of fun. If you’re able to make it, I suggest you grab a grilled cheese first, make your way through the different trade-show areas and then do some shopping (The Purple Cow, Steel Cow and Bonnie Mohr are a must!) before grabbing a Miller Lite and watching the dairy show. I’ll be right there beside you.

Grab your tissues – it’s a brotherly love story

James Neidermire lost his life on April 24, 2012, in tractor rollover (farming) accident. James was one of 5 children at the Neiderland Dairy Farm in East Farmington, WI. Joel is his younger brother that is helping his legacy live on by helping keep their 40 cow dairy herd and 200 acre farm running. Joel is a fifth-generation dairy farmer, and remembers his brothers hard work and dedication. Its stories like this one that remind you how lucky you truly are.

“You can’t leave the table until you finish your entire plate.” Moms, everywhere

It’s easy to waste food – we can always get more. Even if something goes bad, we can throw it away and go to the store and buy another one. But that doesn’t mean we should – right now, we produce enough to feed the world, but a third of that is being thrown away. One reason is because consumers are confused by expiration dates – this causes a loss of $29 billions dollars each year between families in the U.S. Companies like Kellogg Co and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. have made statements that they are committed to solving this issue for consumers. They’ll do it by simplifying all of labels on products. Under the new plan, only two labels – “Best if used by” for non-perishable items and “Use by” for perishable ones – will be used by CGF members by 2020.If this solves the issue… what would you spend that $29 billion on?

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My milkshake brings my mom to the yard. At least, it brought Maryland nugget Chandler’s mom Aubrey to the cow barn at All American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, PA. HOW FREAKING CUTE?!

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I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 18.

Stuff I read about this week that you should care about 9/15/2017

“I’ve still got it.” 99 year old dairy farmer

US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue shared a story on his twitter about Milford “Pete” Nodlinski. Pete is a 99 year old (100 in December!) who is still actively working on his dairy farm in Nebrasksa. Why? Because he wants to set a good example for his kids and grandkids. And because he’s awesome. Read his full story and all of the sweet things people have to say about him here. Grab some tissues before you get started.

“This is a dream come true!” Those who are suffering from lactose intolerance

Tony Amidor is a nutrition expert who explains how a body breaks down lactose. She focuses specifically on those who are lactose intolerant. Turns out, your body can handle different dairy products in different doses and combinations, even with the intolerance to lactose. Watch the full video of her interview here. Yeehaw!

“We can’t just quit because of a little rain!” Florida dairy farmers

Hurricane IRMA ripped through Florida last weekend. Some people could evacuate – dairy farmers couldn’t. Follow the stories of dairy farmers and how they’re recovering on the Florida Milk Facebook and Twitter pages. If you’re able to donate to help the hurricane relief efforts, you can contribute here. Let’s take care of those who feed us!

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It’s a passion from day 1. Maryland baby Amy got an early start with her love for dairy cows.

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I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 17.

Stuff I read about this week that you should care about 9/8/2017

“Welp.. here we go.” Florida dairy farmers preparing for IRMA

We’ve had an interesting few weeks of weather, and it’s not getting boring any time soon. Hurricane IRMA is making it’s way to the U.S. and Florida is expected to get hit… hard. Many people are evacuating the state, but dairy farmers (and other types of farmers) can’t buy their cows a plane ticket. So, they’re preparing the best they can. You can read about it more in this article. Let’s keep Florida in our thoughts and prayers and hope that we don’t have to help them recover. But if we do – be prepared to help. Why? Because we’re Americans.

“My friends call me Whole Paycheck.” Whole Foods

Whole Foods has a reputation of being really expensive. Now that they’ve been purchased by Amazon, that might change. Amazon said “let’s relax” and is planning on cutting prices back on select items (what people are calling “the staples“). Some are saying that this is so it can take on more lower-priced competitor stores, others are saying they’re not that significant and are only doing it for attention. Time will tell if this helps Whole Foods gain some business back by not taking your whole paycheck, or if the price cuts aren’t enough.

“I’m all natural.” When you wear mascara, foundation and bronzer in a #nomakeup selfie

“Natural” is a word that really, no one is quite sure what it means. It’s caused enough confusion that it’s spurred legal action. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has promised consumers that they’d provide an answer of what it means and who’s allowed to put it on their packaging – but that still hasn’t happened. Companies like Sargento (the fancy cheese in a dark red package) and Walmart have been sued over what some think are “false claims.” But technically, they haven’t said anything that they’re not allowed to, because there isn’t a legal definition of what a “natural” food product is. Confused yet?

Picture of the week. 

Another shot of Dori and one of her cow friends, taken by Emily Shaw. The world is a really crazy place, and recently I’ve felt extra thankful for everything I have. My cows and pup are safe, and I hope that our friends facing crazy weather are able to protect their loved ones and animals as well!

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I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 16.

Stuff I read about this week that you should care about 9/1/2017

“Harvey has nothing on the spirit of Americans.” Our country supporting Texas

Areas of Texas have been hit by Hurricane Harvey and the flooding has been something that Noah would have built an ark for. While there weren’t any sharks swimming up the Houston freeway (despite some of Twitter’s users best efforts to fool us) there were over 18,600 people rescued, along with animals. Unfortunately, 24 people have died (this is a count that was last seen on MSNBC’s morning report on 8/31). This week’s picture of the week is a photo and video of cattle being moved to dry land. It’s almost impossible to believe the pictures and footage on the news, but it’s a very proud time to be an American as we all come together to help each other out. If you’re interested in donating, check out this NY Times article that provides different ways to help and organizations to donate money towards.

“WE ARE…. REALLY EXCITED!” PSU fans who love ice cream

The Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association is famous for their milkshakes. People will stand in line for (literally) hours to get one of these bad boys. Now, they’re selling them at Penn State football games. They’ll even be blue and white to get spectators in the spirit. You pay $6 and they give $1 from every sale to Fill a Glass with Hope, a fundraiser providing milk to those who can’t afford it. Boom.

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Americans are awesome. Watch the footage of these cattle being moved to dry ground in Texas here.