October 2009 Blog Posts (11)

Red-and-white pride

Darren Otte, of Columbus, Indiana, is proud to own a herd that isn’t your typical black-and-white herd. He started his dairy with a less well-known breed.

“Our Ayrshire cows are our distinguishing feature. I know of only three other herds that are Ayrshire in Indiana,” Otte says.

Otte started his dairy career a couple of years after he graduated from high school. He began by working for a neighboring dairy for four years. Meanwhile, he started buying and showing purebred… Continue

Added by Alisa A. Raty on October 29, 2009 at 11:41am — 1 Comment

Proud to be a Dairy Farmers Wife

My hubby and I live in Central PA on a 120 acre dairy farm. My hubby has lived on this farm all his life. His grandparents and then his parents had the farm. In a couple of years ( maybe 2 or 3 ) we will be a Century Farm . That is a farm that has been in the same family for 100 years. Hubby took it over from his parents in 1972 . He is also a volunteer fire fighter ( 41 years ) , a forest fire warden and a Township Supervisor. A lot of older people in our area always call him if they have… Continue

Added by Diane Heckman on October 23, 2009 at 5:36pm — 2 Comments

Pennsylvania is Proud to Dairy

Jordan Kennedy of Butler County, Pa., shows his Brown Swiss cow at the All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, Pa. Photo courtesy of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Ahh, the Keystone State. Home of the Liberty Bell, the famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil and… Continue

Added by Emily Caldwell on October 22, 2009 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Ag Media Conversations - Proud To Dairy To Tell Dairy's Story

ProudToDairy Proud To Dairy represents dairymen and women sharing and exemplifying values of hard work, persistence, ingenuity, honesty and homegrown success.

Ryan Curtis and Ray Merritt provide the background, vision, and direction of Proud To Dairy.

Click Play button below to listen to audio on… Continue

Added by john blue on October 19, 2009 at 8:44pm — No Comments

PDPW is a proud organization

Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW) is focused on helping dairy producers succeed through learning and sharing information. As part of that mission they have launched a new website, www.pdpw.org with lots of tabs and resources to help producers catch up on happenings in the industry, not just in Wisconsin.

"We welcome dairy producers and leaders from anywhere, because they are part of that network [we are building]." says PDPW's Executive Director Shelly Mayer. "We all… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on October 8, 2009 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Who Am I?

Hello American Dairy Industry! My name is Nicole Schaendorf and I am currently serving Michigan as the 2009 Michigan Senior Dairy Ambassador. I am senior at Michigan State University majoring in Agriculture and Natural Resources Communications, specializing in Agri-Business Management and Public Relations.

I grew up on a dairy farm in Hopkins, Michigan, halfway between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. We have built our farm from the ground up, starting with 32 cows in a tiestall barn in… Continue

Added by Nicole Scahendorf Heslip on October 8, 2009 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Selected educational seminars from the 2009 World Dairy Expo

Educational seminar series from the 2009 World Dairy Expo, September 29 - October 3, 2009 Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

For full screen, click on player below.…


Added by john blue on October 7, 2009 at 9:09pm — No Comments

A singing dairy farmer!

This is an awesome and memorable way to show how dairymen really are conscious about the environment.


Added by Alisa A. Raty on October 6, 2009 at 9:35pm — No Comments

Conversation with Ray Prock of Ray-Lin Dairy

Conversation with Ray Prock from Ray-Lin Dairy, on why he uses social and new media to tell his side of the agriculture story. Learn more from Ray via Twitter (@RayLinDairy) or his blog.…


Added by john blue on October 5, 2009 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Milk Talk September 30, 2009

Written by the Milk Lady.

I went to see Doctor Bjarnason last week. Doctor Bjarnason has the perfect solution for the over supply of milk. In the morning, give every child a dairy product for snack at 10:00 am. This will be an energy boost. He said give them cheese, milk or yogurt. He also said that kids would do better in school if kids were not hungry. The kids will learn with more ease. For ADD kids, a midmorning snack will benefit them too. This is certainly worth trying. If this… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on October 2, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Member Feature: October: The Beginning!

When I was approached by Ryan Curtis to write blogs for Proud to Dairy, at first I was so excited!... and then the panicking started in and the doubtful questions started ringing in my mind; ‘ Who am I going to interview?’, ‘What am I going to ask?’ and ‘When am I going to have time to write this?’. I must say that after much deliberate thinking, I have concluded to write this first interview on, none other than, myself.


Okay, hear me out for two minutes (because my… Continue

Added by Kelsey Holter on October 1, 2009 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

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