Alisa A. Raty's Blog (7)

Long-distance dairying

Imagine managing a dairy long-distance. That’s what Kylie Daniels does. She works for ADM Alliance Nutrition and lives in Alabama, but also helps manage Green Acres Dairy in Randolph Center, Vermont.

Daniels makes all the breeding and operating decisions and manages all marketing and sales. Her mother and step-father keep things running at home.

“I’m kind of an odd duck because I don’t dairy on a daily basis, yet I’m involved in it every day. I had three text messages…


Added by Alisa A. Raty on November 21, 2011 at 5:26pm — No Comments

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

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

Illinois dairy woman featured for TV show

Illinois dairy woman featured for TV show

By Alisa Anderson

Ardath DeWall’s kitchen became the setting for part of an episode of the new American Agri-Women TV show. Ardath, a dairy producer from Shannon, Illinois, was asked to highlight her involvement in promoting and representing the dairy industry and to discuss some of the programs that others can get involved with.

The soon-to-be-aired TV show, which will come out this fall, will be a series of informative… Continue

Added by Alisa A. Raty on September 4, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

MSU robotic milkers

This is a video clip of someone's interview with Mat Haan, the coordinator for the pasture-based dairy project that they are starting at Michigan State University. It's pretty interesting.

Added by Alisa A. Raty on August 4, 2009 at 11:41am — No Comments

Green electricity

Yesterday I talked to a dairy producer from the Netherlands. He is the president of the Global Dairy Farmers, and he owns a 280-cow dairy farm. With the manure from their farm, they are supplying electricity to 1800 homes. They are also working on a project to use methane, or green gas, as a replacement for oil. Below is the link to a video about their farm.

Added by Alisa A. Raty on June 30, 2009 at 10:14am — 1 Comment

A view of the future

I'm the editorial intern at PDP. As part of my job I have been able to write feature stories about students in the dairy industry. I've been able to talk to students and professors in dairy science programs all over the place. I've learned so many interesting things and talked with so many interesting people. I've especially learned a lot about the university dairy herds.

I think it is neat that there are student-run university dairies. I can't think of a better way learn the ropes… Continue

Added by Alisa A. Raty on June 2, 2009 at 3:10pm — 3 Comments


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