November 2009 Blog Posts (15)

Intern at Mason Dixon Farms

In the summer of 2004 I interned at Mason Dixon Farm. I worked with the herd health herdsman,

assisted in fresh cow management, and many other aspects of herd health. Another part of my job was

working with the reproduction manager, with ovsynch program and pregnancy palpitation. I also had the opportunity to work in other areas of the farm, such as calvings, and dry cows. The internship then lead to my employment by the Waybrights. My duties post internship were to assist in the… Continue

Added by Joseph Zug on November 28, 2009 at 7:14pm — 4 Comments

What are we fighting for?

This is the real question that all dairy producers, as well as all agriculture specialists, should be asking themselves. What are we, as an industry, as people, as entrepreneurs, essentially fighting for when it comes to animal welfare?

Tricky question huh?

Try this: Take about 5 minutes while you are reading this and ask yourself, "What am I, a dairy enthusiast, fighting for in the world today?"

Is it money? Is it pride? Is it passion? Is it to see the downfall… Continue

Added by Kelsey Holter on November 24, 2009 at 9:18am — 1 Comment

Dairy Awareness Day at “The Rock”

The Michigan State University (MSU) Dairy Club camped out for “The Rock” and spent a day educating students about the dairy industry. “The Rock,” a favorite spot for many MSU student groups, is a rock on the main strip of campus which is painted and guarded daily by students. The MSU Dairy Club took this billboard space to do more than advertise their club.

“The point of Dairy Awareness Day was to promote the dairy industry and also the MSU Dairy… Continue

Added by Nicole Scahendorf Heslip on November 23, 2009 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Jerseys In Michigan

I Bill Huisjen am a 21 year old young dairyman that is excited about the future of the dairy industry. This past March I graduated from the MSU dairy tech program after completeing an internship and a 3 semester course. I have lived on a Jersey dairy all my life and I am now working with my sister Kate Deters and my brother in law and we believe that the jersey cow is the way to go. Im hoping this group will lead to greater networking throughout the industry and hopefully our numbers will… Continue

Added by Bill Huisjen on November 20, 2009 at 8:56am — 1 Comment

Proud to Dairy in Michigan

My husband and I are proud dairy farmers in Western Michigan. A shrinking number of people can continue to say that they work in this truly honorable profession. But do farmers define it as a 'profession'? Probably not. It is our lifestyle, our tradition, our passion. We do not continue to milk cows because it is lucrative. We do it because it's engrained in us.

Added by Kate Deters on November 19, 2009 at 12:54pm — 2 Comments

Proud to milk Minnesota cows

From Moorhead to Minneapolis and Plymouth to St. Paul, Minnesota is Proud to Dairy, dontchaknow.

Minnesota is home to more than 4,700 dairy farms, most of which are family owned and operated. For example, Paul and Barb Liebenstein of Wolf Creek Dairy, milk 400 cows and are committed to cow comfort and environmental responsibility. Find out more here.

And check out how the… Continue

Added by Emily Caldwell on November 19, 2009 at 12:04pm — 1 Comment

PDPW Youth Leadership Derby

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to share Proud to Dairy with 45 young dairy enthusiasts at the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW) Youth Leadership Derby held in Milton, Wisconsin. The weekend was filled with tours and interactive workshops. As soon as participants arrived at the high school, they were treated to lunch by the Milton FFA Alumni. After a brief moment for… Continue

Added by Karen Lee on November 18, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

My experience at Mason Dixon Farms

I was an intern at Mason Dixon Farms in 2007. It was a great experience for me, as I got to work in a traditional dairy setup, as well as a robotic dairy setup. There is only one dairy in the world that I know of that you can see and work with that amount of cows being milked robotically. The Waybrights enthusiasm and outside the box thinking really helped me to also think outside the box and opened my eyes to a lot of possibilities.

Added by Austin Copenhaver on November 17, 2009 at 5:11pm — 1 Comment

Washing Machines

We're looking to purchase a new washing machine. Any advice as to what works the best on dairy dirt and with softened well water? Anyone have a top loader HE machine that doesn't have an agitator? Do they work? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Added by Amy on November 15, 2009 at 4:06am — No Comments

Proud Dairy Challenge participants find ways for dairy producer to make more than $150,000 extra a year

Dairy Challenge is a unique event that gives students the opportunity to be a consultant for the day. And in the regional dairy challenge competitions, teams are made up of students from a variety of schools in that area. Students are asked to evaluate and collaborate with complete strangers to come up with viable, profitable recommendations for the dairy farm they visit. They present their findings to a panel of… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on November 13, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Great Job

I am convinced that I need to sign up and read what you have to say. You go girl!!

Added by Bonnie J. Ayars on November 13, 2009 at 7:51am — No Comments

Proud to ACT for the future

One thing that sets humans apart from other species is our ability to communicate complete thoughts through words. That communication helps us to organize efforts, combine thoughts to make new ideas and share feelings. Communication is very important in every business and industry because that's how we inform someone else about what we offer and why it's important. In the dairy industry, there are many people that focus on communications. As the industry and society as a whole change, we need… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on November 12, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Beaver Springs, Pennsylvania is Proud to Dairy

Producers all over the country are proud to dairy. Another producer has found a new way to share that pride at her local fair. With a little help from Proud to Dairy, Susan Hauck, proud dairywoman and mother of a Pennsylvania county dairy princess, and the Eager Beaver Dairy 4-H club were able to display their pride at the Beaver Community Fair.

“We hung up Proud to Dairy posters throughout the dairy barn at the fair grounds and the show ring and told people what it was… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on November 5, 2009 at 3:48pm — 1 Comment

Nothing like a Wisconsin Gal


What more can one say about a name so influential in the dairy industry?

A whole LOT more, to be exact.

This Ayrshire–loving, hard-working gal is from Lake Mills, Wisconsin, and although she does not live on a dairy farm, she-

WAIT. She doesn’t live on a dairy farm? GASP. Shocking isn’t it? Believe it or not, there are people that work for the industry that are not working directly on farms, contributing more than just a few hours here… Continue

Added by Kelsey Holter on November 5, 2009 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

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