January 2013 Blog Posts (13)


February 2013:

Share with the Proud to Dairy network your experiences of appearing on camera with your local news station. What did you like about the experience? What did you dislike? What advice would you have for other dairy producers appearing on camera?

I’ve been on TV twice.  

The first time was an…


Added by MaddieMoo on January 31, 2013 at 9:43am — 1 Comment

"Our cows are so smart now they milk themselves!"

Great pic of Lely "family member," the Winners, farm in western Ohio. They recently installed four Astronaut robotic milking systems.…


Added by Lely North America on January 29, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

One of my favorite dairy families

I love the Van der Laans.  They are some of the sweetest people I know.  I have been waiting for someone to tell their story to the world, and finally here is just a tiny little piece about their amazing lives:

Van der Laans Overcome Odds

Added by MaddieMoo on January 25, 2013 at 4:01pm — No Comments

Target or Attraction? Social Media project has its pros and cons

“The whale that sticks his head up is the one that gets shot.”

That’s the line my husband uses every time I ask him to do more public relations for the dairy.

To him, a Facebook page, a website or a Twitter account is just like putting a bulls-eye on his hind end.

“Besides, we’ve spent decades developing a certain way of doing business – we’re not going to give it away for free,” he says.

His sentiments are much like those of many other dairy producers I’ve talked…


Added by Karma Metzler Fitzgerald on January 24, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

What's for Dinner ?

What's for Dinner ??

Sweet beans and Ham ..

2/15oz cans pinto beans,ham, small onion , butter or oil , brown sugar and molasses . Chop onion add butter or oil . cook for a bit till onion is tender . Add ham cook a bit longer . Add beans . 3 to 4 tsp brown sugar 1 to 2 tsp molasses . Add a little at a time and taste . You only want a slight sweetness . Simmer a bit and serve with Scones , Biscuits or cornbread .. ENJOY !!!!  Also check out our facebook…


Added by Cindy Ebberts on January 19, 2013 at 4:26pm — No Comments

Wanted Dairy Farmer Pen Pals

Good morning from the rolling hills of southwest Wisconsin!  I have the unique opportunity to educate the future leaders of the dairy industry through my off farm part-time job.  Just 5 minutes up the road from our farm sits the campus of Southwest Tech.  It is here that I am an adjunct instructor in the dairy herd management program. 


One thing I strive to do every year is help my students network and learn about the dairy industry around the world.  We are all share  an…


Added by Christina Winch on January 18, 2013 at 7:50am — No Comments

Lely cow

We’d like to feature a very special member of the Lely team, the Lely cow, who resides in our Pella, Iowa, production facility.

Is there a Lely cow on your farm right now? Share your photos!…


Added by Lely North America on January 17, 2013 at 9:50am — No Comments

A new version of our video


I hope you all enjoy. This is a much shorter version of our dairy operation. Please feel free to share.

Added by Patrick Smithgall on January 17, 2013 at 6:51am — No Comments

A Proud Press Release!

The official press release just came out!  So proud of my husband and his brothers and our amazing staff!



CONTACT:   Whitney Beem                                                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE…


Added by Karma Metzler Fitzgerald on January 15, 2013 at 9:13am — 1 Comment

Gone, but never forgotten: A tribute to Leontien

I first "met" Leontien through her Twitter account, @4leafclovercow. I asked to feature some of her tweets in a sidebar for Progressive Dairyman, and she responded within an hour. Leontien had also been a member of this Proud to Dairy network from some of its earliest days.

If you check out her page, you'll see she was constantly posting encouraging words…


Added by Emily Caldwell on January 14, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

And we're off!

As I mentioned in my Jan. 1 post, I'm trying to learn how to use social media to promote this page and our farm. My goal is to master this process using about 15 minutes a day.

So in 3 days, I've mostly done a lot of research. But in a matter of about 5 minutes I did create a fan page on Facebook for this page. I haven't talked my husband into letting me set one up for the dairy, but I'm closer than I thought I'd be at this point. 

Right now, it's a matter of developing a…


Added by Karma Metzler Fitzgerald on January 4, 2013 at 10:46pm — No Comments

How do dairy activities impact the lives of youth?

Month 6:

What dairy activities are you involved in? How do you think they're impacting your goals and skills? (For example, some youth involved in dairy judging say that giving reasons makes a huge difference in their public speaking skills.)  

DAIRY ACTIVITIES?  I am not a farm kid, but I do a few other things.…


Added by MaddieMoo on January 2, 2013 at 8:27am — No Comments

Pinning my Twitter to my Facebook on Tumblr with Instagram

Somedays, the world of social media makes my head spin.

 I discovered  Pinterest a few months ago, and since then, became obsessed with surfing through volumes of ideas and information. For those of you who haven't discovered the new time sucker, let me explain. Think of Pinterest as a giant bulletin board in the sky. For those of us of a "certain age," we used to have these in our bedrooms or kitchens and whenever we found…


Added by Karma Metzler Fitzgerald on January 1, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

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