Farm Tours Vital In Telling the Dairy StoryThu, 30 Apr 2015 18:37:32 CDT
While it's not easy to bring all consumers to the country, a group that represents Oklahoma dairy farmers has worked to bring at least key influencers out to dairy farms. Dairy MAX has hosted farm tours for health care professionals and recently the group hosted 20 registered dieticians from Oklahoma City. The dieticians had the opportunity to tour a dairy farm near Kingfisher, Oklahoma. Dairy farmer Angie Meyer said these farm tours are vital to share agriculture's message.
"With fewer than two percent of Americans being in farming, it's imperative that we let them know how their food gets from the farm to the fridge," Meyer said.
For most of the individuals this was their first time to visit to a dairy farm. Meyer said the dieticians were very curious and they had a lot of questions. After seeing the milking parlor and the whole farm, she said the group was impressed by the housing for the cattle and the 24 - hour care.
"We want to do every that we can to produce that safe, wholesome product for your families and mine," Meyer said.
In visiting with consumers, Meyer said she shares the same concerns.
"My family is just like your family, I want the best for my family, as far as what food I give them," Meyer said. "And, we as dairy farmers and individuals, we want that as well. We do everything we can to produce that and to let the public know that we care for our animals 24 / 7."
After hosting this group, Meyer said she felt that these dieticians became partners as they gained a new appreciation for dairy. After seeing a dairy farm first hand, she also thinks that these new partners will be more comfortable in recommending milk and dairy products to their clients.
Angie and her husband Tom own a 175 cow registered Holstein herd in Okarche. Angie was a city girl who married the third generation dairy farmer 26 and half years ago. The milk produced on their dairy farm is processed by the Dairy Farmers of America at the Hiland processing plant in Cushing, Oklahoma.
Radio Oklahoma Network Farm Director Ron Hays caught up with Meyer to talk about this experience. Click or tap on the LISTENBAR below to hear the full interview.
Meyer will be joining Hays for the weekly "In the Field" report on KWTV News 9 in the Oklahoma City market on Saturday morning at 6:40 a.m.
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