The author is a third-generation dairy farmer from Oregon where she farms in partnership with her husband and parents. As a mother of two young boys who round out the family run operation as micro managers, Darleen blogs about the three generations of her family working together at Guernsey Dairy Mama. Abiqua Acres Mann's Guernsey Dairy is currently home to 90 registered Guernseys and recently transitioned to a robotic milking system.
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Nov. 14 2017
There is just something special about that time as you slip on your boots and head to the barn
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Oct. 31 2017
Most Halloween stories are told to a tune of scary music that leave you feeling frightened and weary. When given the choice of trick or treat, we will all typically choose treat
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Oct. 18 2017
Extra thought put into a robot barn design is time well spent
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Sept. 5 2017
The end of summer is often signified in one big event for those of us in the livestock world…state fair. It is a time of fellowship and camaraderie based on the love of exhibiting our best cows
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Aug. 22 2017
We got to observe the wonder of the eclipse from the comfort of our farm.
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Aug. 8 2017
“So, how did it feel marrying into a farm family?” is a question I often get asked as a young female dairy farmer
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July 25 2017
Six months in, robots are a decision I would make again. My advice – be open to learning.
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July 11 2017
At the end of June, I was presented with the opportunity to give testimony to the Oregon House of Representatives Agriculture Committee on the topic of technology
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June 27 2017
The official first week of summer brought hot summer temperatures to the Northwest. We don’t see major heat waves like many other parts of the country, but it definitely gets our attention when temperatures...
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June 13 2017
Tomorrow, Little Farmer, our oldest son, “graduates” from kindergarten. We can officially say that we survived the first school year
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May 30 2017
As Memorial Day passed yesterday, it left me feeling rather reflective and in awe of the many blessings this dairy life provides
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May 16 2017
We graze our Guernsey herd for as many months out of the year as the Oregon weather allows. In a normal year this season lasts from the beginning of April through October
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May 2 2017
This past weekend I turned 30. That always seemed like such an adult number growing up, and now that it’s here, I’m wondering how it happened
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April 18 2017
Before this piece starts the arguments for and against the above stated question, I want to simply open this as a conversation
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April 4 2017
Do you know who your representatives are on the State and Federal level? If your answer to this question is no, do your industry a favor and Google them right now
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March 21 2017
As dairy farmers with herds entrusted to our care, I think we all felt the same sense of dread at the news of the wildfires
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March 7 2017
I am proud to be a third-generation dairy farmer and the fourth generation on my family’s farm. There’s a definite sense of success that comes with knowing I carry on a tradition
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Feb. 21 2017
Is it just me or do the last few weeks of winter seem like the longest? You get a little break, maybe a couple days of gorgeous sunshine, and then the next storm blows in
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Jan. 24 2017
On January 20, 2017, we hung up the milkers in our parlor for the last time. Luckily not for the reason that seems to currently plague our industry – having to call the dairy quits
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Jan. 10 2017
Happy New Year! Anyone else wondering where 2016 went? For myself, I am kind of wondering where the last two years went