Great to finally see someone address the positives of the agricultural industry and show incidents like this are NOT normal practices. As an agriculturalist I am hurt and sickened by abuse and neglect within the industry, the fact is those cases are not normal practices. It is good to see that others are spreading correct practices and showing the public that agriculturists are implementing the very best practices while continuing to improve conditions.
On Thursday a new undercover video showing abuse of dairy calves in Colorado was released by the animal rights group, Compassion Over Killing. The video shows calves being handled roughly, it shows dead calves and it shows footage that makes my heart hurt. The video was shot in an area of Colorado that is still dealing with the aftermath of the extreme flooding that hit the state this summer, it’s an area that is filled with farms and agriculture and it’s home to a good friend of mine who dairy farms with her husband. When I saw the video the very first person I called was Ashley.
I met Ashley this last winter in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We were both there as participants in the Holstein Foundation’s Young Dairy Leadership Institute (YDLI). Ashley is a hilarious woman who stands out in crowd and she and I became fast friends…
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