I signed in today to see that it had been five months since we'd posted a blog. It's hard to believe that five months can come in go seemingly in the blink of an eye. I guess that old adage, "Time flies when you're having fun," really is true.
I've been thinking about what to post on this, the first blog post of the year. If you follow anything in the news about dairy farms, you know it's been a rough day to be a farmer. This morning, a video was released that showed cruelty on an Ohio dairy farm. It would be really easy to point fingers, but I think instead we should clear something up. It makes other farmers sad to see things happening on other farmers that clearly aren't right or humane. Myself, I shed a few tears for the cows in the video. It's awful to think that a human could physically induce chronic pain on another creature like that. It's not right. Here's the moral of the story, though: just because it happened on one farm, doesn't mean it happens on every farm.
I saw a story on the news not too long ago about a teacher that was fired for beating an autistic child. It caused sickness to watch the story. That one teacher's actions, however, do not indicate that all teachers treat their students that way. It's the same thing with farmers. One farmer's actions cannot cast a poor light on all farmers.
Our cows are our livelihood, and in many cases, they're part of our family. We are there when the calves enter the world, we care for them as they grow up, and we watch them maneuver their way through the circle of life. We want to take care of them, because it's our natural instinct. Farmers care.
When you flip on the news tonight, remember there's countless good stories out there for every bad one.