I had the opportunity to visit Willet Dairy yesterday. Willet Dairy was attacked by the media and animal rights groups in the last week. They were part of the reason I started my group on Facebook, which by the way is over 13,000 members, but back to Willet and the impression I received during my visit.
First I want to say that Willet dairy was clean, which as dairy folks know can be 3/4 of the battle. The cattle all looked as clean or cleaner than expected here in Upstate, NY in February. I started the tour with the calve facility where the young animals were well bedded and the smallest calves had blankets even though it was not terribly cold. As we moved through the pens I noticed that the animals looked very healthy, were of a uniformed size which happened to be well grown, and all had a healthy appearance and appetite.
Next we went to see the milk cows who mirrored the young stock all looked healthy and happy. I got a chance to watch milking and was impressed with the swiftness and accuracy of the parlor crew. From the time the cows entered holding to the time they were milked and released was less than 1 hour. Everything was streamlined and ran smoothly. I took this chance to peer at the feet of the animals all of which were trimmed and looked healthy.
Overall Willet Dairy has a set of procedures for every part of there business, all of which seemed to be of the highest standard. In my opinion Willet Dairy was a victim of video manipulation by the media to give a biased story that did not reflect the Dairy's true colors at all.
I support Willet Dairy and wish them luck in this time of hardship. As things happen I hope to continue to update with as much information as I can.
Today Willet released a statement to the public, it can be found at dairyherd.com
"I SUPPORT DAIRY FARMERS" Creator