Animals Have the Right to Welfare

Guest blogger, Jessica Peters, is a 5th generation dairy farmer in northwest Pennsylvania.

A look at animal rights vs. animal welfare.

I’ve never met a person who thought animal abuse was ok. Even though they don’t have the range of emotions that humans do, they still feel, and most people would agree that animals should be treated with love and respect. Unfortunately, for all the good people in the world who believe that animals shouldn’t be abused, it still happens. And when it does, it brings up a lot of emotions from a lot of different people. Then it brings up a whole new argument. Animal rights versus animal welfare, which should you believe? Do you even know the difference? Though the wording is only slightly different, the difference in beliefs is huge. And what each group stands for is even bigger.

Guest Blog: Avoiding the Expiration Date for American Dairy Farms

Guest blogger, Tony W. Rice is an Agribusiness Student at The Pennsylvania State University

 “This milk expires in three days. Are you sure you don’t want me to get you a different gallon?”

The cashier’s question caught me off-guard as I was progressing through the checkout line in the midst of my weekly shopping excursion. Never one to refuse a good challenge, I politely declined her offer and took the gallon with full faith in my milk consumption abilities. Having been raised on a small dairy farm, milk has been a staple in my diet since childhood. Sadly, an increasing number of consumers throughout the U.S. cannot say the same.

Dairy Farming; Not in My Blood but in My Heart

Guest blogger, Casandra Blickley, is the 2017-2018 Pennsylvania State Alternate Dairy Princess

“So where is your family’s dairy farm?” The question always makes me nervous, particularly when it comes from someone in the dairy industry. When I respond, “I actually didn’t grow-up on a family dairy farm,” I can see the shadow come over the questioner’s face and can see my credibility become null because I was not born a dairy farmer’s daughter.

Guest Blog: More than a Farmer: Environmentalist

Guest blogger, Rebecca Shaw is a dairy enthusiast and blogger at The Cow Chronicler™

Farmers wear many hats on the job, like animal care taker, business owner, economist and scientist, to name a few. In celebration of #EarthDay, I’d like to talk to you about a really important hat… and that’s being an environmentalist.

Here’s the thing. We all need to take care of the planet if we’d like to stay on it. I’m not sure that many people understand this more than farmers. Dairy farmers in particular are really good at finding innovative ways to be better environmental stewards. They need to be – their job is feeding the world.

NEW “CHOOSE PA DAIRY” CAMPAIGN TO BOOST FRESH LOCAL MILK CONSUMPTION

PA DAIRY LEADERS AND FARMERS PARTNER TO SUPPORT NEW “CHOOSE PA DAIRY” CAMPAIGN TO BOOST FRESH LOCAL MILK CONSUMPTION AND ENSURE PENNSYLVANIA MILK PRODUCTION

Campaign highlights health, community and economic benefits of PA Milk

Dairy Industry Supports More Than 52,000 Jobs and Contributes Nearly $15 Billion to PA Milk is Commonwealth’s Official Beverage Boasting Nine Essential Nutrients

ALTOONA, Pa. – Pennsylvania’s dairy leaders and farmers today supported PA Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding in unveiling a statewide consumer-focused public awareness campaign, “Choose PA Dairy: Goodness That Matters,” to highlight that Pennsylvania’s dairy industry fuels strong bodies and strong communities by providing an abundant supply of fresh, wholesome milk and by supporting Pennsylvania’s rural communities. With a rising interest in buying local and supporting family farms, the campaign reminds consumers that the choice is theirs and that Pennsylvania dairy, is “Goodness That Matters.” Along with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, the campaign is being championed by the Center for Dairy Excellence, the American Dairy Association North East, the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania, PA Dairy Princesses Program, and other industry organizations.