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Design it your way!

Our website has grown in popularity, and it’s all because of producers like you that are getting on and sharing pictures and thoughts with others. We have 24 of the 50 states represented in our membership. Pennsylvania is pulling ahead with 30 members in that state, no doubt in large part due to the blogging that Emily Caldwell has done on the website. Wisconsin is second with 12, if anyone is counting. Of our 110 members we have 12 hailing from… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on April 22, 2009 at 3:46pm — 1 Comment

2009 NAI Dairy Challenge Review

By: Ryan Curtis

On March 27-28, the Empire State hosted 124 students from the top dairy programs in the U.S. and Canada as they competed in the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge. The 31 schools were divided up on four dairies in the Finger Lakes region: Elmer Richards and Sons Farm, Twin Birch Dairy, Venture Farms and Currie Valley Dairy.

The competition started on Friday morning at the Double Tree Hotel in Syracuse, New York,… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on April 9, 2009 at 10:37am — No Comments

Penn State's Meat-In Day

These past two weeks have been pretty interesting for PSU College of Ag students and vegetarian organizations across campus. Here's a brief summary of Meatout Day and Meat-In Day, complete with links to articles and letters to the editor of Penn State's Daily Collegian.

The Great American Meatout, held nationally every spring, is a program sponsored by the Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) and encourages people to try meatless diets. The first article in this list (… Continue

Added by Emily Caldwell on March 24, 2009 at 6:23pm — 4 Comments

Where the Green Grass Grows

Like most PSU students, I’m sad that spring break has already come and gone. I had an amazing time in Ireland with the Penn State Dairy Science Club. I really enjoyed learning about Ireland’s dairy industry, and the touristy stops – like castles and cathedrals – were way cool, too. I figured I’d share a bit about what I learned during my time in the Emerald Isle.

About 50% of the herds in Ireland have adopted New Zealand’s grazing system. At the current time, the majority of… Continue

Added by Emily Caldwell on March 16, 2009 at 10:10am — 2 Comments

Proud of Dairy Science Majors

These are contestants at the West Region Dairy Challenge. Photos provided by the NAIDC

No matter the industry, experience is crucial. An investor with a proven record of doing his homework and making sound decisions will be chosen ahead of someone that has never set up a portfolio. A heart surgeon that has performed 100 heart surgeries will be more trusted than a surgeon performing her first surgery. Experience is just as valuable in… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on March 12, 2009 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Anyone please help

I honestly need help. See my grandfather was Francis H Barnes of New Windsor MD. He died on 02/14/99. But during the 1980's he and his sister had one of the top butter fat dairy herds. The farm name was Fleetwood Farms located at 15125 Barnes Road New Windsor MD. You may have heard of him or the farm. But I can't find anything about him, the herd or the farm on the internet. I have NOTHING about him to remind he of what he did for the dairy industry. Do you have or know where I might be able to… Continue

Added by wes on February 28, 2009 at 9:31am — 1 Comment

International Dairy Crisis: México case (a dairyman point of view)

Things have been changig here in México those weeks. Now dairies are in hard troubles. Not only milk price has fallen down, but the market is reduced now. "Crisis" is the most heard word those days. We've been asked from the plant to decrease our production in 20%, which is very hard. I understand in the USA there is a system to send out cows to cull them, here we don't have any similar; but anyway, many dairyman (specially smaller ones and with low quality) are sending out cows. There is a… Continue

Added by Godofredo Alba on February 25, 2009 at 2:08pm — 5 Comments

Others are blogging to add awareness

On the site, the California Dairy Princesses are using their experiences and assignments as princesses to advocate for the dairy industry in person and online. Starting September 1, 2008 the new site was started and each of the dairy princesses are able to post blogs about what they do and the schools they visit, etc. Here is the link:

The… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on February 20, 2009 at 1:39pm — 1 Comment


Wow, I just was informed that the dairies in Tillmook Ore. recieved a $7 paycut from Dec to Jan! I know here in Wa it'll be about $3. What is sad is it appears hardly anyone really cares. Oh sure a few AP stories and a local TV station interviewed a friend but.... People want all these things cheapo and dont get that it has to come from somewhere. Retail prices are acually higher now then 1 year ago and we get %50 less for our product! Well I suppose I am preachin' to the choir here but man it… Continue

Added by Troy Lenssen on February 10, 2009 at 4:35pm — No Comments

Milk talk

By The Milk Lady, Mary S. Fernandes

Dear friends, it’s happening again. Milk is down below support price. It’s unreal how we can go from $20.00 milk to $10.00 milk.

What created this is greed. The world has become so greedy. I can not understand how educated people that make so much money can be so selfish and greedy. Their greed has hurt us all. The banks are in trouble, the stock market, people are losing jobs, their homes, their businesses, and dairy businesses are going out, if… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on February 4, 2009 at 4:06pm — 5 Comments

It's Bubble, not Bubbles

Warning: This blog is somewhat sappy and details may have been slightly enhanced for the betterment of the story.

I believe I was about 14 years old when I first met the animal who would become the best cow ever. Dad and I had gone to a cattle sale in Fayette County, Pa., to find me a 4-H heifer for the upcoming show season. I remember watching her in the sale ring and getting excited as Dad kept bidding on her. I couldn’t understand the auctioneer, so Dad had to tell me when he… Continue

Added by Emily Caldwell on February 4, 2009 at 11:08am — 4 Comments

A different kind of dairying

About seven years ago, my parents transitioned from a conventional, registered Holstein herd to a seasonal, rotationally-grazed herd, comprised mostly of Jerseys and Jersey-Holstein crosses. My parents have had their fair share of not-so-positive comments from neighbors and friends across Pennsylvania, but they have been happy with the new system. My dad says that in 2002, he had two choices: switch to grazing or sell the cows. Know what he’s saying now? He wishes he would have made the switch… Continue

Added by Emily Caldwell on January 26, 2009 at 2:40pm — 8 Comments

How would you sport your pride?

The pride in what the dairy industry does is felt by all that associate with the producers and the professionals that make the industry special. There are a lot of ways to show your pride. What I want to know is what product (hat, shirt, poster, window decal, etc.) would you like to show your pride? What would you use most? What would say, "I'm proud to be a dairy farmer!" the best?

Added by Ryan Curtis on January 14, 2009 at 11:50am — 1 Comment

Do Facebookers love milk and cheese?

Progressive Dairyman Managing Editor Walt Cooley

Over the weekend I used Facebook Lexicon to do some interesting social networking research about dairy and dairy products. The most significant reason we as an industry are in a low-price slump is demand for dairy products has decreased. What is interesting is that at the same time demand has decreased chatter on Facebook about dairy, milk, cheese, ice cream and yogurt have too. See how much it has decreased from last… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on January 12, 2009 at 3:53pm — 1 Comment

Clock winner is ‘proud to dairy’

Emily Caldwell for Progressive Dairyman

The last time Josie and Jocelyn Riser traveled to World Dairy Expo, Jocelyn was only four years old. The mother-daughter duo had the opportunity to return to Madison, Wisconsin, for the event when they decided to take Jocelyn’s Senior 3-Year-Old to compete.

“This was our first year to take cows out of the state,” Josie Riser says.

Josie says Jocelyn, now 13, was… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on December 18, 2008 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Proud across the Nation

We at Endert Farms insist on producing milk of the highest quality that makes us proud. We take extreme pride in our dairy and its product. If we can’t drink it, neither will anyone else!

We raised two fantastic daughters on our farm that now have very respectable jobs. One daughter works for the Michigan Dept. of Agriculture as a dairy inspector, and the other works with DNA at the Mayo clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Without the dedication and responsibilities they had at our farm, we… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on December 18, 2008 at 9:53am — 1 Comment


A place like Facebook etc for Dairymen/women! Great idea. Thanks and I hope to make lotsa connections.

Added by Troy Lenssen on December 13, 2008 at 3:47pm — 2 Comments

Progressive Dairyman magazine proudly serves the U.S. dairy industry.

We have created the Proud to Dairy logo as a symbol of respect for forward-thinking dairy producers and their families. This logo represents dairymen and women sharing and exemplifying dairying’s fundamental values of hard work, persistence, ingenuity, honesty and homegrown success.

These Proud to Dairy families are committed to dairying beyond its ability to provide a paycheck. They acknowledge the values and lifestyle that dairying affords their families. They will continue to… Continue

Added by Ray Merritt on November 17, 2008 at 10:09am — 2 Comments

Making misconceptions the target

By Progressive Dairyman Editor Walt Cooley

Kelly and Christy Cunningham were determined to own their own dairy in Iowa. But when their own plans fell through, fate landed them in Atlantic, Iowa, in 2000 as managers and partners of a 2,700-cow dairy.

“When we first came, a couple of contractors we had working on the dairy said, ‘You need to get into the coffee shops and hear what people are saying about the dairy,’”… Continue

Added by Walt Cooley on November 13, 2008 at 2:54pm — 1 Comment

History of the logo

We thought it would be interesting to share with everyone the history of the Proud to Dairy logo development, from pencil to computer.

First Sketches

Refined sketch with typography added

More graphic elements added… Continue

Added by Ray Merritt on November 12, 2008 at 3:25pm — 5 Comments

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