I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 31.

Stuff I read about this week that you should care about 1/28/2018.

“Thanks for the help!” Wisconsin dairy farming family

Earlier this month, the Dettmann family in Wisconsin had to deal with something not so fun. Their parlor (where the cows get milked) caught on fire. Attached to the parlor was the freestall barn, which is where their 500 cows ‘lived’ most of the time. So they could focus on rebuilding their new parlor post fire, two neighbor farms are working together to lend a hand and tare taking care of the Dettmann’s animals until they’re able to milk them at their own farm. Good deed of their year – check.

“Ready for your close up?” The director of Holstein America 

RFD-TV has a brand new show starting February 8, 2018 called Holstein America. This show will be put on on by Holstein Association USA and is showcasing dairy farmers from across the country and the work they do. Holstein Association USA CEO John Meyer was quoted in this article saying “The Holstein breed’s story is among the most successful in U.S. agriculture — and it’s written by generations of passionate dairy producers. We’re honored to introduce these individuals and families in the Holstein America series.” Start planning your viewing party today.

**Holsteins are the black and white dairy cows. AKA the best ones (or my personal favorite, at least). 

“Only if it tastes good.” People buying yogurt.

Personally, I buy whatever yogurt has the coolest packaging. Apparently, everyone else is buying whatever they believe tastes the best… weird. According to this report, flavor was ranked as ‘most important’ by grocery shoppers. Berry and vanilla came out on top as consumer favorites, while spicy yogurts didn’t get quite as much love. I guess not everyone is a fan of the mexican chocolate flavor noosa makes…

 

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I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 30.

Stuff  I read about this week that you should care about 1/15/2018. 

“We love the ‘zzzaaa.” Americans

Pizza is loved by many. Especially Americans. Like.. we really love it. National dairy publication Hoard’s Dairyman sent out a statistic that said the average family consumes about 30 pizzas a year. They did the big math for us – that means collectively, we’re eating 3 billion pizzas across the U.S. Who run the world? Pizza.

“Cheers!” Clinking glasses on #NationalMilkDay

January 11th was #NationalMilkDay and the dairy industry celebrated. If you go on social media, check out some of the great posts and blogs that dairy farmers put up. You might find a few reasons why dairy enthusiasts say you should be drinking milk, too.

“Farm strong.” Farm groups taking a stand against our opioid epidemic

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and National Farmers Union (NFU) have joined forces and launched a new campaign, “Farm Town Strong.” The goal is to raise awareness of the opioid crisis’ impact on farming communities. Leaders from the organizations commented in a press release sent from AFBF:

“Farm country has been hit hard by the opioid crisis – even harder than rural America as a whole, or big cities. It’s going to take everyone working together to combat this crisis to make a difference. That’s why Farm Bureau and National Farmers Union are teaming up to show unity on this issue and encourage farm families to help their neighbors. If you or a family member has been affected by opioid addiction, it’s important to talk about it so that others will know they are not fighting this alone.” AFBF President Zippy Duvall

“Opioid addiction-along with all of its consequences-is a silent, but very real, crisis for our farming communities. The lack of services, treatment and support exacerbates the issue in rural areas, and the negative stigma associated with addiction makes it hard for farmers to discuss the problem. Too often, those struggling with addiction and their family members don’t seek the support they need. Through the Farm Town Strong campaign, we’re tackling this crisis head-on by encouraging more dialogue, more information sharing, and more farmer-to-farmer engagement.” NFU President Roger Johnson

Picture of the week. 

Joel Smith of Pennsylvania captured these snuggle buddies in action.

joel smit cow and cat

 

 

I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 29.

Stuff I read about this week that you should care about 1/7/2018

Welcome to 2018, friends. I’d like to start the year off on a lighter note. Here is a video with good cow jokes, full of cheesey puns.. you never know when you might need one. Here’s a few teasers…

What did the cow say to her calf? It’s pasture bed time.

What do you call a sleeping bull? a bull-dozer.

Why did the cow cross the road? To get to the udder side!

“It’s cold. Really cold.” Everyone. 

Unless you’re one of the few lucky ones somewhere above 20 degrees, you’ll know that it’s freaking freezing outside. And, it’s not exactly the most glamorous conditions to be a dairy farmer. Sweet Farm in Vermont shared their story here. It’s a good story that shows how much time and care dairy farmers put into their jobs and taking care of their animals. And, there’s a cute picture of a calf in a blanket, which is keeping the calf warm. Dawh.

“Nomz.” Me pouring coffee over ice cream

There’s a new magazine in town. Half and Half Magazine is put on by Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a milk marketing cooperative. AKA they’re one of the people helping dairy farmers sell milk. Now, Half and Half is “a food magazine celebrating dairy and those who make it.” Check it out.

I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 28.

New year, new moos. 2018 resolution idea: You should care about this stuff, because you eat food. 

“New year, still eating cheese.” Me

There have been fads over the years saying that cheese ‘makes you fat.’ However, there’s some research out there that says ‘not so fast.’ You can find this 200,0000 participate study in the European Journal of Nutrition, where it’s called “Cheese consumption and risk of cardiovascular disease: a meta-analysis of prospective studies.” Those conducting the study found  an inverse relationship between cheese consumption and the total risk of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke, stating “We found that high, compared with low, cheese consumption was significantly associated with 10 to 14% lower risk of CVD and its subgroups.” Basically, what they’re saying is that cheese in moderation is good for you. To which I say… does that include beer cheese dip?

“I’m one in a million.” Dairy employees

The dairy industry employees 1 million people in the US… that’s 1 million people working together to produce a product that feeds the world. Former US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (now CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council) stated that the employment of those 1 million Americans has a $206 billion economic impact on the U.S. economy. Boom.

“Fake news.” Pointing fingers at HSUS

HSUS (The Humane Society of the United States) is an organization built on animal well-being, but doesn’t have a track record of always being honest in their fear-based marketing. Recently, the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) for “orchestrating a deceptive advertising campaign.” What did they do? Apparently, HSUS said that 19% of their profits go towards advertising. CCF saw that number and presented a rebuttal,

“However, HSUS’ Form 990 tax return for 2016, its most recent filing, shows the organization spends at least 29% of its budget on fundraising,” the release said. “Factoring in joint cost expenditures that are allocated to management or program spending, the total fundraising number rises to 52%. (Charities may classify portions of fundraising appeals as “educational” expenses to seem more efficient with donations.)”

You can read the full complaint from CCF here.

Picture of the week 

Our youngest calf at our home farm is a Red and White Holstein (that’s the breed of dairy cow she is). How stinking gorgeous is she?!

red calf