{Girl Scouts weekend}

One of the things we enjoy most about farming is the opportunity to share our farm with others. Last weekend, we welcomed a troop of Girl Scouts from St. Paul to our farm. The girls and their families camped overnight in our yard, toured our farm and had a great time learning about dairy farming.…

{Our first milk quality award}

  We finally earned our first milk quality award from our cooperative. Our milk quality has been good for several years, but we always fell a little short of earning a milk quality award. In 2011, our milk quality was finally consistent enough to earn an award. For us, a milk quality award is the…

{Farm Energy Auditor Training}

Our dairy farm requires a lot of energy, mostly in the forms of electricity and fuel, to operate, so energy efficiency is important to us. We’ve taken several steps to reduce our energy consumption, including installing energy efficient lighting, a plate cooler, and a heat reclaimer. Farm Energy Auditors help farms of all types find…

{Young Cooperators Advisory Council}

Our term on the NMPF’s Young Cooperators Advisory Council came to an end last week at the NMPF Annual Meeting in Reno, NV.     Our time on the council was great. We had so much fun getting to know other young dairy farmers from around the country while at the same time learning more…

{Dairy FARM}

Our Dairy FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) evaluation was conducted today. The evaluator looked at everything from newborn calf care to animal nutrition and housing to environment and facilities. The evaluation was very thorough.     We know we give all of our animals the very best care we can, but it’s nice to have…

{Destination Dairy}

Last week, I had an awesome opportunity to help with an agricultural education event put together by my friend Jacqui. The event, called Destination Dairy, was an interactive experience designed to help elementary students learn more about healthy habits, agriculture and the dairy industry. The older students visited Jacqui’s family’s farm, while the younger students…