Call for Action!
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is considering reducing the beautiful herd that is a mixture of fine Holsteins and Jerseys from 150 to 30. My disappointment at the decision to reduce the dairy herd to 30 cows is almost beyond words. It is far beyond the nostalgia of being a parent of a student. It is knowing the importance of the researched technology and responsible animal handling procedures. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is responsive to the needs of a growing population. It is also a fine example of modern dairy that exemplifies the humane treatment of animals. Cal Poly is a shining example of animal agriculture that should not be looked at lightly and is perfect to promote and used as an example of a modern dairy.
More and more of the population is growing completely out of touch with where their food comes from. In allowing groups like PETA, HSUS, and Michael Pollan who have their agendas in removing animal agriculture and their attempt of creating a vegan world by half truths, myths, and opinions. They have put, effectively a black mark on our industry. Cal Poly has the ability to respond to those allegations. These groups speak from the mountain tops and we, as an industry, have allowed this. We have considered them often to be radicals and to be discredited. Unfortunately as populations grow and farms fade away it becomes easy for consumers to believe the negativity when they do not know anything else.
Many of us dairy farmers have started to get involved with social media in attempt to put a “face” on the farmer. Cal Poly has the ability to represent in such a larger mass.
Cal Poly is the perfect example of “farm to plate”. I have been lucky enough to participate in the cheese making class. The Cal Poly processing facility is outstanding. It is a beautiful dairy at the same location of where quality cheese and ice cream are made fresh with many options for research in other products. It is perfect. Consumers NEED to see this.
I understand all too well the hardship the dairy has and is going through. Never in our three generations have we seen this magnitude of financial devastation and continue to hope and pray to recover. We are now beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Prices are turning, slow but steady. We are short on milk so soon we should be back on tract. Many of the contributors to the program will soon recover and will be back on tract with contributions that I am sure have been missed due to the economic crisis.
We must FIGHT for this! The best of things are worth fighting for.
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Dr Bruce Golden firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Warren Baker – President email@example.com