Morning Milking Musings: Mixing Family and Business

This is a new “series” I am going to try out called Morning Milking Musings.  It will be short thoughts about a particular subject on agriculture. When I’m milking, I have a few hours to think and ponder things. Enjoy! Let’s start!


There’s a quote that says ” The Family Farm: More than a business – the Family Farm is a lifestyle – it is an ideal worth preserving.”


It seems most of the general population seems to think there is no longer the “family” aspect to modern farming.  That couldn’t be further from the truth.  Most, if not all, farms are still owned and run by families.  Even the large ones.  The larger the farm just means that they typically have to have more non-family employees.  But farms are still run by families, and often times, the farm is run by a large percentage of the families.  Often times parents own the farm and eventually one or more of the children will eventually own the farm and carry on the legacy. But many times siblings, aunts, uncles, and spouses are a vital part of the farm as well.  It takes a whole family unit to run a great farm!


The important thing to remember is that whether these farms have dairy cattle, beef cattle, hogs, crops, or any other type of agriculture, this is how the family makes a living – this is their income. So, of  course there is a business aspect to caring for the animals on the farm – just like any other business, the family needs to bring in more money then they spend.  But, that brings up another point – this is all the more reason for the animals to receive the utmost care.  Do you work as productively and efficiently when you aren’t feeling well? No, so why would animals be different? Thus, I wish more people would realize that it is in the farmers best interest to take the best care of their animals, and that is exactly what they do.  Any abuse you see is NOT normal.


That’s my morning musings for the day!



Jumping On The Thankful Bandwagon

Hey all!

I apologize it’s been so long since I’ve posted.  It seems I have so much to say, but don’t know where to start or how to say it. No worries, luckily (or unfortunately) winter is right around the corner and that means a lot of time indoors to contemplate and write.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving and especially in light of all the division in our wonderful country due to recent political events, I thought I would share something I heard on a podcast a few weeks ago.

I so wish I could give proper credit to whoever said this quote, but I know I was listening to Herdmark Media’s Story of Agriculture podcast and the guest on that particular episode said something that has stuck with me.  The basic gist of what he said was that though agriculturalists have a lot of ground to make up as far as telling the story of what really happens on farms to gain consumer trust, the one thing that both groups can be thankful for is that we as Americans can be so grateful that we have the choice as to what food we put in our bodies.  And I don’t mean whether you want to drive through McDonalds and grab a Quarter Pounder or order a large pepperoni pizza from Pizza Hut, I mean that if someone doesn’t want to eat dairy, they have alternative options.  We all as individual people and families can choose whether we eat dairy free, gluten free, paleo, organic, vegetarian, vegan, or anything in between.

Stop and think about that for a second.  What other country can say that? I’m not going to assume I know, but I don’t think many, if any, other countries have the full range of diet choices like we do due to our industrial, technological, and scientific advancement in food processing.  It’s really amazing.

Heck, we are so advanced in alternative diet options that there are entire stores dedicated to a certain kind of diet or food type!

So while you are pondering your list of what you are thankful for this year, think about the food you are blessed to nourish your body with, and that your relative sitting across from you at the Thanksgiving table has the wonderful opportunity to not eat the same as you if he/she so chooses.  America is truly a great country and one to behold in all it’s glory.


Happy Thanksgiving all!