|We love living at Hastings Dairy and producing milk!|
Research shows people want to hear how farmers are improving. You’ll be pleased to know there are advances made in dairy production all the time. Milk quality, quantity and sustainability have improved dramatically over the last 60 years. During that time, dairy has reduced their carbon footprint by over 60% due to improvements in genetics, feed rations, animal health programs, housing, cow comfort and overall management practices. Today, U.S. dairy farmers produce more milk with 9 million cows than they did with 26 million cows in the 1940’s.
|My father-in-law, Duane Hastings, handling milk in the 1960's|
Everyday life on a farm is not always perfect. Life and death happen, sometimes animals get sick, equipment breaks down, and we worry about input costs and milk price. I believe the majority of the people in this country are reasonable and have common sense when it comes to food animal production. They want to know the reality of the farm. The vast majority of American’s eat meat and dairy and they know the source of this food is animals.
I also want you to know we are confident in how we operate our farm. We have experience, education, and family backgrounds that have lead us to operate a dairy. We are professional dairy farmers.
|Lad showing some love to one of his favorite cows|
My blog posts use facts, science, common sense, personal experiences, and passion. In today’s society of political correctness and bowing down to appease the loud minority, I believe people appreciate real and honest dialogue. I’d like to hear what you think.