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.

I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 42.

August 2018 Summary of stories. 

*Humming to the tune of DMB* To change the world start with one step. However small, the first step is hardest of all… Ty Higgins small step was his #10GallonChallengeVideo that has led to more than 63,000 views and fresh dairy milk donations to food banks. Boom.

You can be lactose intolerant… and still receive the dairy nourishment your body deserves. #TrueLife #ImLactoseIntolerant

It’s hard to replace the nutrients you lose in your diet when ditching animal protein. Is it surprising that most people end up coming back to it? Mehh…

#LadyBoss The Farmer’s Wifee (@thefarmerswifee on #twitter) put together a list of 13 dairy farmers you should be following on #instagram – so you care about the food you’re putting in your body? Here’s a chance to virtually meet some of the hands producing it!

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. 

You call yourself a cheese head? Think again. Wisconsin took cheese board to a whole new level… 4,437 lbs. and 63 oz. later and they set a new Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Cheeseboard. Move over Netherlands, your 3,375 lbs. and 13 oz. has nothing on this new hostess with the mostest.

Got Milk? Apparently almonds do. Nut beverages tend to label themselves as milk, though there is no real dairy (or any mammal) milk in the products… except for a few batches of Vanilla Almond Breeze milk. Some of the product has been recalled because there may be *real* dairy milk in it. I’m going to let you all come up with your own word to describe this situation..

Innovative Greek yogurt? Count DFA in. DFA (Dairy Farmers of America) has invested in some new greek yogurt technology. See MOPRO Nutrition, which “is an all-natural, high protein, low sugar, whole milk Greek yogurt infused with whey protein combined with probiotics.” It’s also the first greek yogurt “infused with CFM whey protein isolate.” Confused? Don’t be. This article talks more about this dairy healthy food.

Animal agriculture, caring for the environment, feeding the world and farming can’t be summed up much better than this. “I think one of the big things I want people to realize is that while farming is who we are and what we do, our interest in society is not different than other people’s interest in society.” Mark Henry, Ohio Dairy Farmer. Read the rest of what he has to say in Dairy Carrie’s #HumansOfAgriculture post on Facebook.

What do you mean? Nestle is potentially in trouble, and are accused of confusing the shiz out of consumers about GMOs in food products. Like, lawsuit trouble.

Nobody recycles quite like dairy farmers. Never underestimate the “Power of Poo.

Do you pay attention to expiration dates? Cornell University research teams are looking into how we can make it more clear to consumers how long their milk is good in their fridge. Sounds like we may be prematurely throwing away food – oops. Nothing is official yet, but they’re looking into using two indicators ‘best-by’ and ‘sell-by’ dates.

I guess I’ll stop complaining about the rain… because some producers are dealing with serious drought issues. Water is muy important to raising livestock and crops because, ya know… that just makes sense. A drought makes that not so easy. Here’s how they’re dealing…

How aged do you like your cheese? 3,200 years? Turns out, Egyptians loved cheese too. So much, in fact, they took it to the tomb with them.

These cows have a zero tolerance policy for stealing cars. “A herd of cattle provided law enforcement a big assist, repeatedly following and helping corral one who strayed on to their turf!” Seminole County Sheriff’s Department. Full article here.

I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 41.

Trying something new – I’m posting stories throughout each month on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #IveGotMoosForYou – at the end of each month, I’ll do a recap of the stories I shared, and maybe even a few extra bonus features..

I’ve Got Moos For You – July 2018 Summary

Anybody got an extra van just sitting around? Amazon might need your help.

They launched a program that allows you and I to start our own delivery service… delivering for Amazon. Interesting. Remember how they bought #WholeFoods (for like… more than $13 BILLION moolas)? I wonder if they’ll expand this delivery entrepreneur pilot into the food space… if they do, I’m first on the list for chocolate milk delivery. More deets in this article.

Bettina and Henk were driving from their farm in Ontario heading to Vancouver, Canada on a “Canadian Milk Tour.” They had a tractor with a giant cow attached to it, promoting the Canadian dairy industry.

Don’t ever take a second of your life for granted. Too often we become complacent while driving. This is a sad story, but one that I am sharing to honor Bettina and Henk Schuurmans. I’ll be saying a prayer for Henk, that he recovers quickly and with as little pain as possible, and that he has the strength to make it through losing his wife, Bettina.
Be safe and pay attention, especially while driving. The lives of our loved ones depend on it. Read more here.

Farmers have come a long way since the (average) herd size of 25 cows in the 1970s.

They’ve also become more tech-savvy. Automation, utilizing big piles of data, keeping accurate and incredibly detailed records, cows wearing ‘fitbits’ so we can monitor their movement and health… that’s scratching the surface.

This ‘Salon’ article did a report on robots milking cows at the University of Connecticut’s Kellogg Dairy Center. Check it out.

Do you still, got milk?

The California “Got Milk?” campaign is getting a brand makeover. The campaign is now called “You Can Always Count On Milk.” Read more about it in this article. You can also see the campaign website here.


Shout out to Champs in Altoona, PA for having awesome pizza. As a waitress, I sold it to a lot of people, and increased dairy consumption while doing it. Thanks Progressive Dairyman for letting me share my story! The OG link is here.

I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 40.

Stuff I read about this week that you should care about 6/10/2018. June Dairy Month Special. 

Happy June Dairy Month!

June is a month dedicated to the goodness of dairy, and is kicked off by #WorldMilkDay on June 1. It all started in the year 1937, when June was originally dubbed as National Milk Month as a way to distribute extra milk during summer. They changed the name to National #DairyMonth two years later. This week I’ve listed article links I came across that highlight #DairyMonth activities, information and stats showcasing the positive impact the dairy industry has on our economy. Just know that I’m only scratching the surface of all the great dairy inspired chronicles out there. Enjoy!


  1. Celebrating National Dairy Month in America’s Dairyland
  2. “Farm Show in June” Celebrates Dairy Month and Pouring Milk Across the State for Families in Need
  3. Stats for Stories: National Dairy Month: June 2018
  4. Rep. Hebl: Celebrating June Dairy Month (Gary Hebl, Wisconsin)
  5. Governor Brown Recognizes Contribution Of Dairy Farm Families To California Communities And Economy With Proclamation Of June As “Real California Milk Month”
  6. Gov. Bevin proclaims “June 2018” as Dairy Month in Kentucky. (Feel good video!)
  7. June is Dairy Month (Missouri press release)
  8. Daybreak celebrates June Dairy Month (Video clip from a news broadcast in Wisconsin)
  9. Bacon avocado dip (yes, newsworthy)
  10. Celebrate dairy month at the Capitol (Michigan).
    • If this is near you, the event is Friday, June 15. Details in the link provided!

Let’s pull some of the awesome stats from those links I shared. 

  • “More than 1.6 million Pennsylvanians are at risk for hunger and nearly half a million of them are children. One in five Pennsylvania children goes hungry every day. To help alleviate hunger, Pennsylvania’s dairy industry and charitable food assistance organizations partnered to launch Fill a Glass with Hope® (FAGWH) in 2015. To date, FAGWH has raised more than $1 million and provided more than 7 million servings of fresh milk across the state.” Source here.


  • “The dairy industry is the largest segment of Wisconsin agriculture, contributing more than $43 billion to our state economy on an annual basis, which contributes more to our economy than citrus does to Florida ($10.7 billion), or potatoes do to Idaho ($6.7 billion).” Source here.


  • “As the state’s (California) leading agricultural commodity, the industry adds approximately $21 billion to the local economy each year and is responsible for 32 percent of U.S. dairy exports and 189,000 jobs that are dependent upon dairy production and processing.” Source here.


  • “The average American consumes 36 pounds of cheese per year.” Source here.


  • “About 72 percent of the calcium in the U.S. food supply comes from dairy foods.” Source here.


  • “The dairy industry is one of Michigan’s leading agricultural segments, contributing upward of $14.7 billion annually to the state’s economy. Michigan is home to nearly 415,000 dairy cows, which produce nearly 9.6 billion pounds of milk annually, ranking the state sixth in the nation for milk production.” Source here.





I’ve Got Moos For You. 1 Year Anniversary.

Happy 1 year anniversary to I’ve Got Moos For You! Thank you everyone who reads and to all of the family, friends and peers who send me stories and pictures to share. 

I began this journey for a few reasons. First and foremost, I saw a need. A need for a fun, quick, easy and informative read about things relating to the dairy industry. I knew this had to happen when a daily e-newsletter, The Skimm, joked about 7% of Americans thinking that chocolate milk came from brown cows. Funny, but also fair – how would people know the difference if they’ve never been given the chance? The Skimm never further explained how chocolate milk is made, and I immediately called BS. Note that this is coming from a #1 fan (still true, and will continue to be – it’s an incredible newsletter!). But, this isn’t a joke anymore – this is the food we eat. It’s a big deal. I sent several emails to them, and I even gave them examples of how they could write ag news stories to fit their tone and style. After no response, I decided to make a move. 

Shortly after, I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 1. was born. However, this was all happening at the same time I was completing a leadership program called YDLI (Young Dairy Leaders Institute). To ‘graduate’ from this program, each participant needed to execute an advocacy project. AKA a new way of telling consumers like you how awesome cows, dairy products, farmers and agriculture as a whole, are. The perfect storm was created for me to create a weekly blog post that followed a similar style of The Skimm. Why? Because that’s a strength I could play off of – fun and conversational writing.

So here we are. Each week (with a few exceptions lacking any good excuses) I’ll post a blog with 3-5 short summaries of stories I found in my news and industry sources. My goal is that consumers enjoy reading about agricultural news, feel more confident and informed about where their food comes from and laugh a few times through it. I also strive to keep it fair, balanced, and  mostly unbiased, a challenge for me, because most of my writing has been emotional and opinionated. I like that this blog post gives me an opportunity to challenge myself in that regard.

But, I really just needed a place to share epic pro innovation and science tweets from Betty Crocker. Like this one:

betty crocker tweet

As I head into year 2, you may see me try new things, or maybe I’ll keep it the same. I haven’t decided yet. I’m still learning what’s best for my readers and what they want. Got a preference? Let me know – I write this for you, consumers of food, and your feedback is critical!

I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 39.

Feel good stories that I read this week and want to share with you 5/13/2018.

“Know of any good party planners?”

#WorldMilkDay is happening on June 1, 2018. Dairy farmers across the world will be raising a glass and toasting to milk, a beverage produced by dairy cows. Why? Because they, and many others, think milk is awesome. They have a solid case. Read more about dairy health benefits here, here and here. Make sure you follow along on June 1 and post your own dairy positive pictures using the hashtag #WorldMilkDay.

“Good vibes only!”

This article posted by Progressive Dairyman has Walt Coleman of Little Rock, Arkansas, a dairy farmer and retired NFL official teaching the rest of us how we can turn “boos into cheers.” Sounds like useful advice when you’re feeling down. You can read more details in the article, but it boils down to three key things:

  1. Remember your importance.
  2. Learn to laugh it off.
  3. Do what’s right.

“I couldn’t stay away.” 

Farming is an emotional business, and animals become like family. Many dairy farmers described farming as a “livelihood” rather than a job. I read a story this week about Christine Bender, who left her job with benefits to come back to more labor and longer hours on her family dairy farm. I don’t like stealing anyone’s thunder, but to me, it sounds like she made the right choice. Check it out here.

Picture of the week. 

Uncle Joel brought his niece Evie out to meet the cows… looks like we might have a future dairy farmHER on our hands!

joel and evie

I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 38.

Stuff I read about this week that you should care about 5/7/2018.

“I’m down for this.” Me, about eliminating food waste

Food waste is no bueno, and the agricultural industry is constantly seeking ways to elimate it. Cue precision agriculture. Forbes covered a study by McKinsey and Company that states “Food loss and wastes cost about $940 Billion and have a carbon footprint of 4.4 Gt CO2-equivalent which is more than eight percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions.” Guess what though… 795 million people still go hungry every year. Precision agriculture can help cut back on both. Think cool technology and innovation like drones, automation, GMOs, increasing sustainability and yields of crops… the list goes on. Nice.

“Maybe next weekend…” When you can’t afford the gas to get there

Gas prices are higher, and experts are saying the only way is up. This article says that it’ll be the highest prices we’ve seen since summer 2014. Womp. Who else is staying home?

“A bagel would never do this.” Everyone suffering the wrath of lettuce

E.coli is no joke. Especially when it attacks you via foods like spinach (no one liked you to begin with). Now, scientists are looking at new ways to catch foodborne bacteria in real time, like E.coli and salmonella. This video dives into the story more.

Picture of the week. 

This little Maryland dairy babe loves her cow. We are on the saaaame page, sister!

aubrey s

I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 37.

Stuff I read about this week that you should care about 4/15/2018

“This is how we’ll feed the world.” Supporters of gene editing

Bill Gates and his foundation have been supporting a concept called gene editing. This article talks a lot about how science is trying a recent approach to gene editing called CRISPR, or “clusters of regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats.” Basically, “CRISPR technology is a simple yet powerful tool for editing genomes. It allows researchers to easily alter DNA sequences and modify gene function. Its many potential applications include correcting genetic defects, treating and preventing the spread of diseases and improving crops.” Read more long winded, science-y details here.

Though not a new concept, it’s another investment with a goal to help feed the world – in particular, third world countries. Numbers show that though we’ve been cutting back on world hunger, it’s still out there. 

“Old school trends are new again.” Not just the fashion industry

A lot of local creameries and dairy processing facilities are making a milk-in-glass-bottles come back. Whether it’s practical reasons or just because they look cool, consumers seem to be digging the trend. Even businesses in the UK have made the switch in the last few years, resulting in higher sales. Wonder if we’ll bring the milk man back, too?

“Help a homie out.” Argentina to the U.S.

Argentina is a huge producer of soybean – 3rd largest in the world, actually. However after a recent drought they needed some help. Help was making their largest purchase from the U.S. in 20 years. Why? Because mother nature. They struggled through a drought which cut back their normal harvest. Merp.