The video was shot over the course of three days during the summer. Each day we spent approximately two hours collecting footage of everyday activities involved with our business. The editing took about a week, given the amount of footage we were able to collect over the course of those three days.
Of the 24 full-time and part-time employees involved with our business, about half of them are seen at some point throughout the video. Unfortunately, we were not able to include everyone employed with our business, even though each one plays a crucial role in its success.
Q. Why did you want to create this video?
This past summer, I left the farm in order to pursue a career in law enforcement, which was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. For those of us that were fortunate enough to have grown up on a dairy farm, such as myself, you will never forget the opportunities provided and the role it has played in shaping the people we are today.
There are few businesses in this world where you are afforded the opportunity to wake up every day before the sun rises and work side-by-side with those you love the most. For me, my childhood is something I will never forget.
To show my family my appreciation, I wanted to put together something that highlighted the correlation that family and farming have together. It was also a means to educate the public outside of the dairy industry of the work involved with running such an operation.
Q. Why did you choose the song, “Nickel Sized Hail” by Sunny Ledfurd?
We wanted to incorporate something that emphasized “toughness.”
As most people know, farming is a tough life style – long hours with little pay.
As my father has always said: “It takes a special breed to be a dairy farmer.” This specific song does an excellent job conveying that message.
Q. What are your future plans for the video?
Our hopes are that it will continue to circulate amongst the dairy industry and the public in general.
In addition, we hope to create another video given the amount of popularity and positive feedback this one has generated. PTD