Friday, March 2, 2012

Hanging Out With YC's

young cooperator

It is nice to get away from the farm once and a while, and even nicer to hang out with fun people. The last two days I attended the Dairy Farmers of America's Southeast Area Young Cooperator Steering Committee Meeting in Knoxville. While planning for our summer event it was fun to interact with other young dairy producers and share our victories and losses, our goals and dreams, and tales of working with family.

On the second day we had the opportunity to tour the new University of Tennessee dairy facility. It is a researched based farm meaning while there is a regular herd being milked, there are also groups of cows going through different studies. One of the main research goals of the farm is to determine the environmental impact it has on the area. Mr. Charlie Young gave us a great tour and overview of how the operation was working and how he hoped the knowledge gained there would be for the benefit of other producers.

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