Summer Days at the County Fair

Guest blogger, Bridget McConn, is the 2018-2019 Washington County Dairy Princess

Summer in Pennsylvania means hot days, green, growing corn, and for ag kids, county fair! A week out of the summer that my family and I look forward to every year. A whole week spent at the local fair, seeing friends, exhibiting the projects that we worked so hard on and even enjoying some tasty fair food!

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.

How Dairy Cows Can Help Reduce Food Waste

Guest blogger, Amanda Rees is the 2018-2019 Montgomery County Dairy Princess

Did you know that Pennsylvania is fifth in the nation for population size? And with a large population comes food waste.

As a senior studying Animal science and Dairy Science at Delaware Valley University, I am currently assisting in a research project on dairy cows fed a ration (diet) of expired fruit, vegetables and bakery products.

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.

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.