I am writing in regards to the video that was taken at the Ohio dairy farm. The video was disturbing and wrong in so many ways. To be honest, I turned away and teared up. I still get sick at my stomach thinking about it now.
As the wife of a hard-working dairy farmer, it really touch a nerve and hit close to home. It also made me mad, as it did all fellow dairy folks. Those who are accused of this should be held accountable and justice should be served.
Please do not believe that this is the standard for dairy farms; it is not! I would like to point out it was filmed by an animal rights group and at the end it states “ditch dairy”.
Please don’t fall for their vegan agenda. I can’t help but to wonder why they kept filming and didn’t try to stop the abuse and why sit on the tape for so long.
Real farmers are not like that. Real farmers know that in order to produce, your animal must be comfortable, healthy and well tended to. Real farmers know what it’s like to spend Christmas and birthdays at the barn with your animals and they are OK with that because they are your family, too.
Real farmers know what it’s like to get up every hour in the dead of winter to check a cow that is getting ready to calve. Real farmers don’t really get a day off or a vacation. (What’s that?) Again, they are OK with that, because farming is their passion.
Real farmers often put their animals before themselves. Real farmers love what they do and they work hard to provide you with the healthiest, safest, most nutritious product they can. After all, our families consume it as well.
I am proud to be involved in Ohio agriculture and proud of the products and resources we all supply.
Never be afraid to ask a farmer about anything they do. Chances are they would love to provide you with an answer, heck, it just might even make their day.