February 2012 Blog Posts (9)


Hi there!

My name is Kara Hansen and I am serving as the 2012 Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador First Alternate. I was invited to start this Proud to Dairy blog so I can share photos and write about events that I attend throughout Oregon as I travel the state sharing with the public about our fabulous dairy industry – including the dairy cows, dairy farmers and of course all of the delicious dairy products.

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy!



Added by Kara Macy Hansen on February 26, 2012 at 10:59pm — No Comments

Lely Astronaut A4 users tell their story – Van Dorp dairy farm

Last week, we shared Jan and Chris Kappers’ robotic milking story in the February 13th blog, The longest running Lely Astronaut in Northern America.

Today, we’d like to introduce you to Arnold van Dorp, owner of Van Dorp dairy farm in Holland. Arnold currently milks 175 cows with four Lely…


Added by Lely North America on February 24, 2012 at 10:34am — No Comments


If you haven’t visited the Proud to Dairy site recently, you may not be aware of how easy it is to share videos, blogs and photos with members of your favorite social networking sites.

• The “Favorite” button featuring an image of a thumb

This “thumbs-up” button is for Proud to Dairy members only. You’ll have to be signed into your account to click it, and then…


Added by Proud to Dairy on February 21, 2012 at 8:09am — No Comments

Tell Your Dairy Story or Someone Will Tell it For You

Most American’s have never been to a dairy farm. They haven’t had the opportunity to walk through a freestall barn, smell a handful of fresh cattle feed, seen the inside of a milking parlor, or pet a calf in her hutch.…


Added by Brenda Hastings on February 17, 2012 at 8:13am — 3 Comments

The longest running Lely Astronaut in Northern America

In 1999, Jan and Chris Kappers, owners of Oldspank Farms in Ontario Canada, became one of the first Lely Astronaut milkers in North America. Their first robot is still running. In 1998, Jan and his family emigrated from Holland and purchased a vacant dairy farm in the Woodstock area. While they started milking in the tie barn, they immediately made plans for a free stall barn and parlor.

By chance, Jan met Aart van ’t Land (at that time VP Dairy Equipment at Lely Industries) and Talo…


Added by Lely North America on February 14, 2012 at 11:01am — No Comments

Conference speakers will cover farm worker laws, employee training and motivation

Dairies are finding new ways to hire qualified employees and properly train, compensate and motivate them for their work. To help producers in that quest, the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin will offer three experts on the topic among the presenters at the PDPW Business Conference, March 13-14 in Madison, Wis.

Tom Drendl, an agricultural safety specialist for the National Farm Medicine Center, will present a workshop on OSHA requirements on the farm. Drendl…


Added by PDPW on February 11, 2012 at 1:04pm — No Comments

Lely builds the 12,500th Lely Astronaut milking robot

Last November an impressive milestone was reached in Dairy automation. The 12,500th Lely Astronaut milking robot was produced at our factory in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The history of the Astronaut is a story that is just as impressive as the milestone itself. The development of what would later be called ‘the most important invention of the 20th century for…


Added by Lely North America on February 10, 2012 at 9:26am — No Comments

Oregon State University student crowned 2012 Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador

Kristen Kaste, representing Tillamook County, was crowned the 2012 Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador during ceremonies January 14, 2012 at the 53rd Annual Coronation Banquet hosted by the Oregon Dairy Women.

Kaste was crowned by outgoing 2011 Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador, Jessica Budge, to the theme “Main Street USA” amid over 300 guests and seven other Oregon County Princess-Ambassador finalists.

The finalists were evaluated by a three judge panel over the…


Added by Proud to Dairy on February 7, 2012 at 1:06pm — No Comments

"Design the shirt for SGPDCT" contest from Progressive Dairyman

Calling all past participants of the Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium – your creativity is requested. Progressive Dairyman is asking you to take your past experiences and turn them into a design, featuring a logo and/or slogan for the 2012 Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium. 


Submissions will be uploaded to the Proud to Dairy website at: www.proudtodairy.com, and readers will vote through the buttons below each…


Added by Proud to Dairy on February 7, 2012 at 12:41pm — No Comments

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