June 2014 Blog Posts (7)

U.S. Dairy Education and Training Consortium students are Proud to Dairy

Traveling from three different countries (U.S., Canada and New Zealand) and 16 universities, about 50 young men and women are participating in the 2014 U.S. Dairy Education and Training Consortium. This six-week course allows these students to hear and learn from esteemed professors from all over the country to enhance…


Added by Proud to Dairy on June 30, 2014 at 2:48pm — No Comments

Yup, that's me - the transition cow

Three months ago, I made the commitment that come June I would pack up my belongings and head out to the famous potato state to pursue an internship with Progressive Dairyman; a job in which I'm quite enthused about. Looking back, the moments that led up to June and to where I am today, I'd like to refer as my transition period.

Yes, I was the transition cow. Well, undergoing stress as if I was in her state of being. 

It was three weeks pre-departure…


Added by Jennifer Janak on June 25, 2014 at 7:40pm — No Comments

American Dreamin' in the neighborhood

Yay! It’s almost Independence Day!


It’s one of my favorite holidays.


No, I take that back. It’s totally my favorite holiday.




Obviously, I’m a proud American and embrace the tradition of celebrating our history. But, it’s also about my own family traditions.


When I was in grade school and on into junior high, my cousins and my siblings would come in from all over the West to visit my grandmother. In my…


Added by Karma Metzler Fitzgerald on June 23, 2014 at 4:07pm — 1 Comment

Proud to Dairy

With June and the celebration of June dairy month rapidly passing us by, I have been thinking about what it is I want to portray to all those folks who graciously read the stories I have to tell and the pictures I share. What an amazing opportunity to tell the world about the industry I love and I'm too tired at night to even pick my hands up to type.  That's summer on a dairy farm for ya. 

But when I opened this page to write what I hoped might be inspirational for…


Added by Laura Flory on June 18, 2014 at 6:47am — No Comments

Reflecting on the Busy Year

Memorial Day will always have unique meaning to me after last year. This is the anniversary of when we started milking with Lely A4 robots. Let me tell you, this past year has been one wild ride! Between getting the cows used to the robots, learning how to manage a herd with robots and surviving the arctic winter we learned a lot. So here are some things we learned over the last 365 days.…


Added by Ashley Messing on June 4, 2014 at 12:54pm — No Comments

The Cows Are Out!

We got the dreaded phone call last night at 1:30 am, saying "The cows are out!". The worst part was, they weren't even ours! A passing motorist stopped in at our farm and woke up Steve's folks to let them know that there were cows wandering down the paved main road. They called us and Steve went down to round them up. However, once he got there, he discovered that it was our neighbor's mixed breed group of heifers, not our Jerseys! But Steve did the neighborly thing and drove them 1/2 mile…


Added by Betsy Fleury on June 4, 2014 at 9:09am — No Comments

About Me

So I am new to blogging. But I love to type and talk about my dairy. I am Mackenzie Underwood. My grandparents own a dairy farm, Pioneer Valley Farm. I am in 4-h where I have the Dairy and Dairy Steer projects. I am also on the Jr Fair Board, coming up with activites and things to do with kids at the Cecil County Fair. I am also a Dairy Maid (Dairy Royalty). I am training to become a princess in 2014. This is all for now. But I will post much, much more (:

Added by Mackenzie Underwood on June 3, 2014 at 6:32am — No Comments

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