I did an interview last week with a reporter who asked, “Why does your farm participate in 3rd party animal welfare audits?”
My answer: I ask that my customers trust me to be a good farmer, but I open my farm to auditing so that they can verify that I practice what I preach.
No matter how good a job you do on your farm, an audit is a stressful time.
- Hundreds of pages of documents are checked to make sure that records accurately demonstrate daily animal care practices.
- Hours are spent checking the farm’s facilities (feed and feed mixing areas, cattle pens, water tanks, and corrals) to ensure that animals have good living conditions.
- Cattle handling is observed to ensure that good welfare exists while animals are interacting with their human caregivers.
- Caregivers are asked questions about farm protocols on many different issues relative to animal care…
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When you give a boy a calf, you teach him responsibility. He is responsible to help in the daily care of his calf. She must be fed, watered, comfortable and content. It is his job as her owner to give her all her little cow heart desires. If something goes wrong, the weight of the problem can fall on his little shoulders.
When you give a boy a calf, you teach him work ethic. The calf doesn’t care if it’s raining, cold, or if he’s hungry. All she knows being a cow, is that he is her care taker. He feeds her twice a day, seven days a week. He gives her clean water and dry bedding. Christmas presents and Easter baskets may have to be put on hold so he can tend to his little lady. Giving him a calf teaches him that he must work hard and put…
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I feel like I have a lot of confessions on my blog. I think maybe that I have a mental block saying, oh this is a safe place to do that. But, in all reality, I have thousands of you reading my confessions so… Ha. It’s not really that secret or safe.
But, I have another confession.
I’ve kind of sort of been avoiding writing about one of the passions (agriculture) in my life on here, and the reason? I’m exhausted on that front. I feel like it’s a hopeless undertaking in a world full of misinformation and misunderstanding, and most importantly…. fear.
I’ve been feeling like no matter how hard we try, how much we put ourselves and our farms out there that it’s not making a difference. That people seriously don’t care. They want to believe that farmers are “bad” people that are trying to poison our…
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