Got Ethics? Dairy Farmers Care for Cows Proves That! Search for the Truth!
January 30, 2010 by dairygoddess
I have been feeling hurt as I see these manipulated images of dairy and
Tony Martin Dairy (4th generation still at it)
farming in the media. Media’s sole survival is to get ratings. To be read and viewed by many. The people feeding the media with these images know this and without conscience they continue to manipulate the media and the public to think this is correct and their ideals are the way to go. They plant doubt, guilt and fear to those that do not know any better. By shocking images and edited footage.
So here I am, a dairy farmer with a new purpose. To help those confused and fearful and believe the images they see. Every dairy farmer is feeling wounded and hurt at the images we have seen on TV. Most know that we need to get out and spread our true farming practices. We have to dispel the horrible images portrayed in the media.
I love the little ones!
Unfortunately, good farm practices is not news breaking material. As with most good news…we see very little of it in media.
I have always considered myself a “tolerant” person. I have always worked on being non judgmental. I know I have a weakness of speaking my opinion, but not in judgment, only in opinion. There are many people I like that I agree to disagree with. I have considered myself open minded not putting down others even though theirs was not a practice I believed in. Now being under fire it would be easy to get mad. I just remind myself that it is not the norm those with “agenda” are not the majority (they are just very noisy). I am speaking out to share, not to defend myself. I know how hard we work for the best interest of our cows comfort and welfare.
Tara and AJ Feeding Calves
As I was connecting in Phoenix I quickly saw a book called “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.” It caught my eye because of the Guernsey in the title (Guernsey’s are dairy cattle I am not very familiar with). It turns out that it’s about Guernsey in the British Isles (little writing of the cows themselves). It turns out to be a lovely book that I have had a hard time putting down.
Calves are our future
I read a moving passage in the book that was originally written by Thomas Carlyle and it goes like this:
Does it ever give thee pause, that men used to have a soul-not be hearsay alone, or as a figure of speech; but as a truth that they knew, and acted upon! Verily it was another world then…but yet it is a pity we have lost the tidings of our souls…we shall have to go in search of them again, or worse in all ways shall befall us.
Now, I am not referring that most people are without souls! Quite the contrary! I do believe that we have to continually search for what is right and true. We have to work at searching the truth and not just depend on the images of the media or the writings and claims of others that manipulate emotions to bring you into their agendas and grant them power. We must continue to search for the truth. We can not rely on tidbits of distortion as fact. We can not grab on to the souls of others to feel good. We must find the “tidings” of our own soul and live in truth of your soul, not one that sounds and feels good on the outside but one that is truly good on the inside.
A 4th Generation in the Making!
Not everyone is perfect and mistakes happen. An industry or person should not be judged by the action of a few. I often look at the images of abused children and am grateful that not all parents are considered “bad” because of the acts of those minorities. So I ask you to reach out and get to know dairy farmers and their practices. Ask questions. Get to know our souls. To know us it to love us! Really!
Here are some resources to help you understand dairy and dairy farmers! Don’t be afraid to ask! We are all there to help you find the “tidings” of our own soul J
Also you can find lots of information by searching for dairy families in any state (I have had the blessing of meeting many dairy farmers from other states…what a treat) They might have a different accent…but values are the same! It really is easy to get to know us!
Facebook and Twitter is another great search ( #agchat #dairy for Twitter)
www.realcaliforniamilk.com (family documentaries)
You can always ask questions on my blog or find me at Dairygoddess on Facebook or Twitter.
http://gilmerdairyfarm.com/ Just a great young dairy farmer from the south…and he sings too!