Dairy farms continue to evolve.
While many of us know that, Ben Brancel, secretary of Wisconsin's Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, delivers a concise explanation of that evolution in the above video.
In the discussion, Secretary Brancel, a one-time dairy farmer and lifelong dairy advocate, discusses how dairy farm families once grew their family businesses by finding individual dairy farms for the next generation to have their own individual businesses.
These days, more families, and even neighbors, have come together to grow one business by specializing as cow, crop, and business specialists. For some, it's about utilizing everyone's talents while making the best use of precious resources.
Brancel delivered these comments earlier this summer at the CIGAL Dairy Trade Show in Guadalajara, Mexico's second-largest city and the state capital of Jalisco.
This Hoard's Dairyman Intel article is part of an ongoing series that will highlight a Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer (DATCP) trade mission to Jalisco, Mexico. That trade mission coincided with the CIGAL Dairy Trade Show held June 13 to 17, 2016. In all, 11 companies, two educational institutions, two Wisconsin state agencies, and one publication attended the event, along with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and DATCP Secretary of Agriculture Ben Brancel.
Click here to view previous reports from this trade mission:
Agriculture's bridge to worldwide consumers
Governor talks about dairy's value
Two Dairylands forge a stronger alliance
A dairyman's co-op to deliver top forages
Looks like a U.S. farm, but it's not
August 1, 2016