This is a blog I wrote on goodblogs.com about why our non-farming friends should care about where their milk and cheese comes from....
June is Dairy Month, but why should you give a hoot?
I grew up on a dairy farm in Southern Wisconsin and am still involved with the dairy industry on several levels, including writing for a regional dairy publication. Many of you reading this likely drink milk and eat cheese, yogurt and ice cream. What do you know about where your food comes from?
Over the past few years there has been a lot of misinformation presented in the mainstream media about the dairy industry.
I know there are people who believe that animals should not be used for food in any way, but I do eat meat, drink milk and eat eggs - and I believe there is a right way to treat animals, be it farm animals or house pets. Farm animals are not typically treated like pets, but they are well cared for.
Here is some what I know:
About 98 percent of the dairy farms in Wisconsin and Iowa are family owned. They are not owned by faceless corporations pushing animals to produce milk until they die, but often multi-generation family operations who have worked with multi-generations of the same cow families.Dairy producers care very well for their animals, and actually spend thousands of dollars ......
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