The author is a third-generation dairy farmer from Oregon where she farms in partnership with her husband and parents. As a mother of three 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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Sept. 16 2021
Farmers rely on nature to provide what we need to do our job
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Aug. 31 2021
Extracurricular activities from fairs to the football field help our kids explore their interests
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Aug. 17 2021
Understanding how smoke affects cow health could be critical in the future of the fire-ravaged West
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July 20 2021
I’m sure by now you’ve heard, more times than you want to, that we all need to be advocating for the dairy industry
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July 6 2021
Battling heat, fire, and ice over the last year, dairy farmers are still doing their best to care for their animals
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June 8 2021
My farm boys have just two weeks of school left while many others are already out of school. It’s the time of year that kids look forward to the most, a magical time in childhood
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May 27 2021
Time seemed to be traveling at a weird speed through this past pandemic year. Yet, somehow, we are already in the last week of May
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May 11 2021
It seems that agriculture has become the scapegoat for all the world’s problems
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April 13 2021
That much-awaited spring sunshine has finally arrived in the Pacific Northwest. In rather full force this week, we are expected to hit temperatures in the high 70s
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March 30 2021
You can’t pour passion from an empty cup
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March 16 2021
Even in an upside-down year, dairy has remained essential
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March 2 2021
How can we add stability into our milk production system?
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Feb. 22 2021
Our farm has been able to keep running despite the nasty winter weather that’s hit this month
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Feb. 16 2021
Advocating for our industry means being involved in the policies that affect us
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Feb. 2 2021
There is no denying that dairy farming is a full-time job. Unfortunately, in this dairy economy, and really it seems for some time now, the key to survival is diversification
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Jan. 7 2021
The new year always feels like a refreshed time. Even though it is just one day different, somehow, flipping to the new year on the calendar makes it a fresh start
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Dec. 8 2020
If there ever was a year that needed the joy of the holiday spirit, it’d be 2020. It’s undoubtedly been a long and crazy year
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Nov. 24 2020
The year 2020 has been quite the roller coaster ride. I’d say being dairy farmers who are used to ups and downs may have given us a little better handle on how to deal with this crazy year, but it...
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Nov. 16 2020
Last week, as the North American International Livestock Expo in Louisville, Ky., finished up, it was easy to admire all the beautiful cows
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Oct. 27 2020
We have been blessed with gorgeous fall weather in Oregon the last couple of weeks