Monday, March 31, 2014

Got Milk? Then Give Milk! The Great American Milk Drive

Did you know that Michael Bay directed the very first Got Milk commercial?

We were thinking it would be awesome to have Mr. Bay direct a movie about superhero cows. Hey, he makes great big explosive movies about giant transforming robots, so why not?

The cows would be regular dairy cows by day and crime fighting cows in disguise by night! And obviously I would like to have an on screen cameo if not a full blown starring role. I'm a cow, I make milk, I already know I'm a hero. And the best part would be how the superhero cows would take the reward money they receive and use it to purchase milk for the needy.

In the meantime, we don't have to wait for a movie because we can be the good guys right now. We can all start helping the needy with a new program called The Great American Milk Drive which begins on April 2:

Milk is one of the most asked for nutrition staples at food banks, yet of the 37 million Americans served, less than a gallon of milk goes to each person every year.

The Great American Milk Drive is here to change that – giving Americans a simple way to make a difference and donate milk to help food insecure families in their communities.

Want to be a superhero? You can when you participate in the Great American Milk Drive where you will be able to donate milk to food banks in your local communities. Hey, Michael Bay might make a movie about you. It could happen. So, like, call me, Michael, whenever you have time. You've got my number, right?

Agent 101, reporting from the Udder Side.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Jealous Female Steals Baby (Calf)

We were very excited to have Dairy Dave come do a story on our farm for the local paper. What is better still is how mother and calf are now back together.

Happy Mother and Calf

Agent 101, reporting from the Udder Side.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Quarantined Milk

Fake Movie Posters

If there was a movie to be made about me right now, then Quarantined would be the title. You see, I've got mastitis. It is an infection in my udder. And it happens. The Farmer does a good job with his milking routine and tries to care for me and the other cows, but things happen sometimes. Like when people get colds for seemingly no good reason.

So what do you do? You treat it, of course. First The Farmer tried an ointment on my udder which is sort of like icy hot for cows. It felt good and soothing, but it and time were not enough. So he resorted to giving me some antibiotics. Medicine. So I would feel better. To get rid of the infection.

The Scarlet Line
After giving me the antibiotics I also received the full Hester Prynne treatment. That's right, I was marked! I didn't get a huge scarlet letter "A" for antibiotics emblazoned on my forehead, but he did mark me with some scarlet red paint on each of my back legs. This will alert and remind anyone that is milking me that my milk cannot be put with the rest of the milk.

The Farmer does not ever want milk from treated cows like me to go with the other cows' milk. If he did he would be punished for an entire milk truck load of milk that would be contaminated. It would be better for him to discard all of his milk on hand than let it be put on the truck if that were to happen.

Every load of milk on the farm is tested. Then the truck is tested. Then it is tested and tested some more at the processor to make sure the milk is antibiotic free. Talk about safety!

Milk Can Vs Milk Tank

So where does my milk go? It goes into the milk can and then it is discarded.

I am quarantined.

Everybody else's milk goes in the big milk tank. They never mingle. They never touch. In a few days The Farmer will test my milk with an antibiotic test kit. When it shows my milk is good he will allow it to go back in the tank, but until that test is clean I am quarantined.

Agent 436, reporting from the Udder Side.