Aug. 10 2017 10:30 AM

    Our cows had the chance to star on the small screen.

    We recently had the opportunity to share our farm with the public on the “Georgia Farm Monitor” television show that appears on RFDtv. “Ranger Nick” (a University of Georgia professor) has a monthly segment on the show and asked us if he could visit our farm.

    He brought along country music star Pete Schlegel to sing to the cows and discuss the difference in our farm and the dairy he grew up on in Ohio. I don’t know if the cows milked any better because of the singing, but I do know we had the chance to show our farm to the public.

    Ranger Nick helped us share dairy’s positive message by asking questions that a nonfarmer would want to know. He helped us keep our answers simple and understandable to his viewers on TV. We talked about cow comfort and technology while adding humor with Pete Schlegel singing to the cows.

    I encourage you to step out and share your farm with the public. Remember to keep your message positive and share it through social media, radio, television, and print. Emphasize all you do to provide cow comfort and the role that your family has in your operation.

    It does not matter if you milk 30 or 3,000 cows; we each have a unique perspective to share.

    Here is a link to the short segment we did on RFDtv if you’d like to see it: https://youtu.be/KSE4Szflxgk

    In the word’s of Ranger Nick “Enthusiasm is contagious, pass it on.”


    Caitlin and Mark Rodgers

    Mark and Caitlin Rodgers are dairy farmers in Dearing, Georgia. Their “Father and Daughter Dairy Together” column appears every other Thursday on HD Notebook. The Rodgers have a 400-cow dairy that averages 32,000 pounds of milk. Follow their family farm on Facebook at Hillcrest Farms Inc.



    Join us for our next webinar on August 14, 2017:
    “Driving dry matter intake on dairy farms"
    Join us for “Driving dry matter intake on dairy farms” as Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois, presents on Monday, August 14, at noon (Central time).

    Dry matters intakes continue to be a leading contributor to calf growth, dry cow health, and lactating cow productivity. Hutjens will delve into the dry matter intake guidelines, including risks and rewards related to metabolic disorders, fertility, and milk production. The webinar is sponsored by Diamond V.