After checking out the great article that Barbara Martin (aka Dairy Goddess) was featured in, I thought it might be a good idea to start posting similar progressive dairymen and women making headlines.So here are excerpts from two articles, highlighting dairy families who grabbed attention this month for their smart business decisions.CAMOZZI FAMILY IN CALIFORNIA:
Robert Camozzi Jr. is a fourth-generation Petaluma farmer who, like many owners of agricultural land in California, was facing the ugly prospect of having to one day sell his heritage to developers.
The thought of a business park or condominiums replacing the farm known locally as "Uncle Henry's Ranch," after Robert's great-uncle, Henry D'Ambrogi, was particularly troubling because his oldest daughter had just graduated from college with a dairy sciences degree.
So Camozzi did what he had to do to save the 400 cows roaming the family's Triple C Dairy for his five children, most of whom still prefer bovine bonding at the farm to social-networking sites. He signed a $1 million deal with the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District to keep a 98-acre parcel of rolling pasture in the Two Rock Valley off-limits to future development.Read the rest of this article from The San Francisco Chronicle
. BOWMAN FAMILY IN NORTH CAROLINA:
Availability of local food has increased dramatically. Produce, meat, cheese and eggs are all readily available at farmers markets. But milk, one of the most common grocery items, typically is not found at any farmers market.
But you can find local milk in Winston-Salem if you know where to look.
Homeland Creamery, a family-owned dairy, sells milk and other dairy products in a handful of stores.
The dairy is one of four in the state that sells milk under its own label, and it is the only one of those four that distributes in the Triad. The cows are not given hormones and are raised in pastures on a farm that has been in the Bowman family for six generations.
In the 1990s, Homeland was like many dairies. It sold raw milk to a co-op or other company that would then blend the milk with milk from other dairies, sometimes from different areas and states.
That changed in 2002. Brothers David and Chris Bowman -- along with their wives, Terry and Jayne -- decided to do things differently.
Milk prices were down, and cattle-feed prices were up.
"If we kept doing what we were doing, we would go out of business, or we'd have to borrow money to stay in business," Chris Bowman said.Read the rest of this article from the Winston-Salem Journal
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