It’s National Scoop the Poop Week (seriously, this is a thing)! The week is dedicated to getting pet owners to pick up after their pets in public places. Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs list picking up doggy doo-doo as part of helping your dog be a “good guest” in Indiana’s public parks. So the next [...]
Today is Earth Day. To me, every day should be Earth day – where would we be without it??? The first thing that pops in my mind at the mention of this day is recycling. That reminds me of my Mom, who was a recycler long before it was in vogue. She grew up during [...]
By Jackie Barber Dairy cows spend virtually all their time eating. Whenever a cow isn’t being milked, she’s probably eating, chewing her cud (basically re-eating her last meal), or deciding what she is going to eat next. All that eating also means that she is going to have to visit the little heifer’s room and, [...]
By Lindsay Martin, Ball State Dietetic Intern Prior to this week, I had never been to a dairy farm. I am 25 years old and it was finally time to make my first visit! My wonderful colleague and I took a road trip to visit “the girls”, also known as dairy cows, in Goshen, Indiana. [...]
It’s that time of year again when the sun is shining and everyone likes to get out for some fun and fresh air! Get ready to have some food and fun on international picnic day, June 18th. It’s time for friends and family to get together to enjoy the outdoors. Though it’s not an official holiday recognized by Congress, tons of families, organizations, and social clubs gather to celebrate this special day.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 18, 2011) – Indiana’s Family of Farmers are exhibiting at Earth Day Indiana 2011 on Saturday, April 23, 2011, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at White River State Park at 801 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Indiana’s Family of Farmers, a coalition of more than a dozen ag-related organizations, [...]
What do you do at Indiana Dairy? I am the General Manager. I focus on our organization’s vision, mission, goals, strategies, staff and budgets. I work with our dairy farmer board of directors. I participate in our senior leadership team comprised of staff from our national and state and regional dairy promotion organizations. Occasionally [...]
By Deb Osza One of the activities I enjoy most about my job is getting to visit dairy farms. I love animals and cows are one of my favorites. This week, our team visited Four-Leaf Clover Dairy in Geneva Indiana. The dairy is owned by Leontien Oostdijck – Vandelaar and her family. The Vandelaar family [...]
Sure seems odd to be blogging about water use when things are so very dry here right now!! I water only 5 pots of flowers by the house here – even though things look so rough! Neighbors’ crop field irrigation systems have been going on a frequent basis this summer. This spring sure seemed like it could never get wetter – all of our crops were delayed by the wet and cool spring that we experienced! Now they are drying too fast! Every day we practice water conservation on our farm! Our cows drink about a bathtub of water every day. The cow’s water comes from the same well that provides my family with our drinking water! So water is a big piece of their budget! What they drink goes in and around the cycle of milk production – what is good for the cows is good for us, you, me and our children, in the way of a wholesome, nutritious, safe, dairy product!!
You’re probably wondering why a nursing student is your new Indiana Dairy Princess, but I have always lived on a farm. I guess you can say that, “I was born and raised a dairy girl!” Born in 1990, in the Netherlands, my parents owned a dairy farm of 100 cows in Belgium, and when I was nine years old my family moved to Indiana to expand our farming business. Now, we live in Lewisville, Indiana, with a herd of 2000 dairy cows and 1500 acres to farm. Yes, I have had to haul manure, bottle feed calves, vaccinate cows and calves, bale hay and straw, and many more things on the dairy farm to help out! However, I’m not complaining because farming has made me who I am today and that includes great work ethics. But, in celebration of it being “What will be your legacy?” Month, I will share with you what I hope my legacy will be.