(Posted Mon. Jan 5th, 2015)
Just in time for those who made a New Year’s resolution to start farming – or learn more about today’s farmers and ranchers – the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance has assembled a collection of four short educational (and entertaining) videos on farming to give you an up-close look at how four farmers tackle big jobs.
Hosted by blogger mom Kelly Snyder, these videos share a few of the daily activities of farmers and ranchers across the nation who grow and raise our food. Snyder visited four Midwest farms to learn what happens every day – and why. The videos also highlight new technology used on farms and ranches today, and address common misconceptions about food production. The videos include:
“How to Milk 1,200 Cows,” filmed with Brian Rexing at New Generation Dairy in Indiana. Most cows are milked two to three times per day with milking machines. The milk immediately runs through a cooling system and then on to a truck that leaves the farm in less than 24 hours.
“How to Care for 7,000 Pigs,” filmed with Art Braundmeier at The Maschhoffs in Illinois. It’s a full time job to make sure pigs have 24-hour access to food, fresh water and to keep their housing clean and cool. Watch how modern technology keeps thousands of pigs comfortable.
“How to Use Trash to Help Crops Grow,” filmed on Len Corzine’s farm in Illinois. When farmers harvest their corn crop, shredded corn stalks are left behind. Farmers have learned that leaving this trash - or residue - on the field protects the soil by creating a blanket. This helps the soil rebuild vital nutrients and prevents runoff. Corzine is a past president of the National Corn Growers Association.
“How to Gather 50,000 Eggs a Day,” filmed with Ron Campbell at Opal Foods in Missouri. What happens after a chicken lays an egg? See how thousands of eggs are gathered, packaged and kept cool on their journey to market.