Posts Tagged ‘cow health’

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.

Boots, Jeans and Cell Phones

Pennsylvania dairy farmers cows family

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for dairy farmers – June Dairy Month! National Dairy Month started in 1937 (then called National Milk Month). Now, June is a month to celebrate the contributions the dairy industry has made to local communities and families.

While the phrase dairy farmer tends to bring to mind scenes of bucolic serenity and a man in overalls with a pitchfork surrounded by cows, chickens and lambs, today’s dairy farmers are much different.