A Dairy Wonderful Life!

It’s a dairy wonderful life! I shared my family’s favorite holiday movie, and a snack to go with it in my latest PA Dairymen’s Association blog. Check it out here.
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Self-doubt, defeated.

This article originally published in the November 25 print issue of Progressive Dairyman. You can also read it online, here.

It’s been very rewarding witnessing the impact this article has had on so many people reading it. If anything, I hope you’re inspired to take the time to better yourself, and to do what you need to do to live a kick-ass life!

Below is a little preview…


“I want to shout at the top of my lungs until you know this one great truth: you are in control of your own life!” Preach it, Rachel Hollis.

This was the wake-up call I needed. I realized I was ignoring the importance of my health mentally, physically and nutritionally. My funk was likely tied to my lack of sleep, stress, random workout routines and inconsistent diet. I was also convinced I wasn’t where I should be personally and professionally “at my age.”

This is something that bothered me to a point where it was affecting my happiness and my actions. Not anymore.

 

I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 43.

September through November 2018 summary of stories. 

Defeat your self-doubt and start focusing on self care. This is my latest (and most vulnerable) Progressive Dairyman​ HERd Management article yet… here’s a little preview:

“I want to shout at the top of my lungs until you know this one great truth: you are in control of your own life!” Preach it, Rachel Hollis.

This was the wake-up call I needed. I realized I was ignoring the importance of my health mentally, physically and nutritionally. My funk was likely tied to my lack of sleep, stress, random workout routines and inconsistent diet. I was also convinced I wasn’t where I should be personally and professionally “at my age.”

This is something that bothered me to a point where it was affecting my happiness and my actions. Not anymore.

 

I spent three days with bold, brave, and innovative thinkers who will no doubt ensure the dairy industry continues to be a staple in a healthy and sustainable lifestyle of our consumers. Great recap on the Dairy Girl Network​ National Conference here.

 

Science shows that global animal agriculture is responsible for 14.5% of greenhouse gas emissions … However, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret​ said 51% in their film, and later tweeted a correction (and it was still the wrong %). This blog breaks down the details.

 

Dwayne Faber is 1. Hilarious on Twitter and 2. A dairy farmer. His Twitter handle is @DFaber84 – if you do anything today, follow him. Don’t believe me, read this article.

 

Fair Oaks Farm founder Mike McCloskey wrote an article talking about how some food companies use fear over facts while labeling their products. Doesn’t sound like he’s ok with it. Read here.

 

The global population is simultaneously growing and wanting more protein in their diets. ‬

“Given the challenge of providing adequate nutrition for a growing global population, addressing the question of why we feed animals to feed human society is of principal interest.”

‪Here is an easy-to-read study on how animal ag contributes to society – nutrition, the economy & the environment.‬

 

If you like booze, dairy and puns… you’re gunna love this one. A distillery in Ontario distillery is producing vodka from cow’s milk and calling in #Vodkow and are using it to make you a ‘Moo-tini’ .. this is not a joke!

 

Country music heart throb Luke Bryan loves agriculture. Check out the latest farm tour he went on, that included a dairy farm. And by farm tour, that means he’ll hold concerts at actual farms.

 

Breakfast is a big deal… especially for kids to feel and perform their best in school. Dairy is an easy way to make sure that not only does breakfast happen, but that it’s incredibly nutritious, too. Read more here.

 

Jazzercising is great exercise. So good for you, people made a butter sculpture of cows demonstrating a few moves. Seriously. Check out this news article highlighting a really cool trend of butter sculptures make an appearance at Utah State Fair!

 

Pizza should be it’s own food group. Soldiers now have easier way to get their 3 servings of pizza a day. All thanks to innovative food products like this one.

 

Ice cream ain’t the same everywhere else. Learn how different parts of the world enjoy their dairy treats! 

Also, the Midwest of the US loves frozen custard. That’s a stone cold fact.

 

Kylie Jenner seriously has a calf named after her. Think she should go visit the farm? ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY!

The calf was named after Kylie had a life changing experience… she finally tried milk on her cereal for the first time. A dairy farmer in California established this monumental moment on social media by naming his next dairy calf (baby cow) after her. TMZ picked up the story. None of this is a joke.

 

They still haven’t found a way to live forever… but they are on track for helping us live longer. Apparently, it’s by eating cheese. Woo!

 

300 jobs in 3 years.. that’s something we can rally around. Michigan is making a $555 million investment in St. John’s. That project is “one of the largest dairy processing facilities in the country.” Woah. The Lansing Economic Area Partnership, more easily referred to as LEAP, is leading the project. LEAP President and CEO Bob Trezise sounds pretty pumped in this article.