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

Erin Jones
"I SUPPORT DAIRY FARMERS" Creator

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Comment by Erin Jones on February 9, 2010 at 8:20am
Greg, I am so glad to here that you were inspired to speak your mind. It is sad that it had to be for that particular reason, but wonderful non the less
Comment by Greg Andersen on February 8, 2010 at 7:01pm
I can believe that Willet dairy was basically ambushed with this video. The animal rights people have an agenda to end all animal agriculture. They will do whatever necessary to try and turn the public against us. That video is the reason why I joined facebook and proud to dairy. I want to be able to speak up for animal agriculture.
Comment by Erin Jones on February 3, 2010 at 9:21pm
Thank you both and thanks Emily for the direct link!
Comment by Kris Fry on February 3, 2010 at 5:56pm
Thanks erin for sharing your experience at this dairy. i saw the nightline piece adn it was very easy to see the adjenda protrayed it was a punch in the face of an industry that only wants to provide the american and international public a clean delicous healthy food product
Comment by Emily Caldwell on February 3, 2010 at 5:47pm
Thanks for sharing, Erin! And congrats on 13K members!!

For other readers, here's the direct link to Willet Dairy's statement at Dairy Herd Management:

http://www.dairyherd.com/news_editorial.asp?pgID=675&ed_id=10493

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