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Tri-CountyNewsowww.tricountynews.mn Farm i::iiii! . - oo - .......... "  ................................... The grass is green, let's get milking By Katelyn Asfeld, Ag Writer I still remember when my father had dairy cattle, even though I was just a child. He would spend hours working on the farm, milking cows, feeding cows, keeping them healthy, cleaning the barn, and so much more. Having these dairy cows on our farm made me realize that dairy farmers don't get time off. If they do, it's far and in between. Cows need to get milked at least twice a day. The cows don't care if it is Christmas, Easter, Thanks- giving, your birthday, or your anniversary. Milk- ing cows is a full-time job that demands the dairy farmer to be physically and mentally capable to manage the dairy herd every single day. Even though this was several years ago, and dairy farms have become larger and more advanced, dairy farming is still dominated by family-owned farms. All of them dedicate their time and energy on their dairy herd while still raising a family, paying bills, tending a crop, and caring for young stock: According to the Corn & Soybean Digest article "Dairy Industry Facts" by Kent Thiesse, a farmer Mini spends on average a little more than 40 hours a year for on each dairy cow. Historical perspective United Cows came over to America with the pilgrims Each and immigrants starting in 1611. For a couple hun- dred years, almost every family had at least one cow 2,300 to provide not only milk but meat and labor for their family. The milking was done by hand. By the 1800s, dairy cows and milk products were starting to become mass produced because the United States became more industrialized and tion the shift from rural to inner city steadily increased. * Stez With the invention of pasteurization in 1864, and the invention of mechanical refrigeration in 1861, state for milk became safer to drink and easier to store, dairy The increase in knowledge and use of genetics, nutrition, breeding, preservation of milk and tech- farms nology led to an increase in milk production, con- was sumption, and transportation. In the early 1920s, you would expect a cow to lOW produce roughly 484 gallons a year, but because In the dairy industry has become specialized on just milking, a cow can produce more than 2,000 gallons 1,343 mill a year today. Just in the last 10 years, milk produc- In tion in the United States has increased by 16 percent according to the USDA National Agricultural Sta- 196.24 tistics Service. The production per cow has been record. increasing while the number of dairy cows in the United States is decreasing. By 2011, Dairy Month consumed 20t Since 1937, June has become recognized as National Dairy Month. This month is used to advocate drinking milk and consuming other dairy products as well as to celebrate advancements in the dairy industry. This month, I want to recognize those families that work day-in and day-out on dairy farms. So some time during the month of June, raise a glass (of milk that is) to those hardworking, dedi- cated and passionate dairy farmers. Cheers to you! Facts and nesota Dairy Department of "Dairy Industry tional Dairy Foods Milk Marketing Board irg year. Page3 I n the U.S. of the produces mesota's second produc- one in the :he top 100 these dairy This list care and produced i produced isettin 8 a ,merican adult milk and cream. from the Min- from the Minnesota & Soybean Digest, Thiesse, the Interna- and the Wisconsin SEE US TODAY. ARNOL KIMBALL WILLMAR GLENCOE ST, MARTIN " MANKAT( ALDEN All rights reserved. Case IH is a registered trademark of CNH America LLC. Kimball 320-398-3800 Willmar 320-235-4898 Glencoe 320-864-5531 St. Martin 320-548-3285 No. Mankato 507-387-5515 Alden 507-874-3400