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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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
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Sept. 29 2020
Nothing puts into perspective what is truly important like the possibility of losing it all
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Sept. 15 2020
For the past week, our farm and family have found ourselves in the path of a wildfire. It’s one of those natural disaster situations you hope and pray you never have to deal with
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Sept. 1 2020
This summer has been anything but typical thanks to COVID-19. While we still have three weeks left of summer here in the West, I am already wondering
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Aug. 4 2020
We recently hosted dairy farmers from New York on our farm in Oregon. I had never met these farmers before, but we had been connected through the Guernsey breed
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July 21 2020
Summer seems to be the time when farm life can take its greatest toll on our physical and mental health
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July 7 2020
Thanks to COVID-19 it is looking like all the summer fun has been canceled this year. I was doing alright with the restrictions, after all farm life mostly keeps us at home
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June 23 2020
Ever had a plan for the week? Ever had a week that actually went according to that plan? It’s a familiar feeling for dairy farmers; this need for flexibility
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June 9 2020
This tumultuous last week has many feeling a little more than unsteady. The atmosphere in our country as a whole has been polarizing