Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Farm Vet Liebster Award!

We are one of the recipients of a "Liebster Award," given to us by our friends over at Crazy Moos. They do a great job explaining what they do on their modern dairy farm through blogging. Stephen and his family run a first-class operation at the dairy farm and it is fantastic that they are also taking the time to help consumers understand how and why the dairy is as it is today. Head on over to their blog and check it out!

The Liebster Award Rules

So you might be wondering, what exactly is a liebster award. Well, it’s really just a great way to recognize some fellow bloggers that you enjoy reading, and share these blogs with your readers.
The rules are – You thank the person who gave you the award, and post a link back to their blog. Then you choose five blogs that you want to recognize for the liebster award. Link to them, and let them know that you gave them the award.

The Farm Vet 2012 Leibster Awards go to (in no particular order):

Agriculture Proud
I think many of you will enjoy the flare of Ag Proud's content and the writing of Ryan Goodman. Ryan is a wonderful advocate of modern agriculture, and all of it's diverse forms.

Sweet Nectar Society
This beautiful organization was founded by a good friend of ours and what a blessing it is to so many children already! Brittany has done a great job getting Sweet Nectar Society off the ground and we enjoy watching it blossom, and we think you will too!

Seamlessly Savvy
Calling all bargain hunters - check out this blog! They don't miss a beat when it comes to finding the steals and deals. Janessa and Nichole know how to help you out one savings at a time. 

Life on a Real California Dairy Farm
This family blog features an adorable young family on their dairy farm in California. It is full of fun and adventure with the two boys keeping their mom and dad on their toes, along with helping out on the family farm. 

Wife of a Dairyman
Nancy is wonderful at blogging about her adventures and life raising a family and living on a California dairy farm. Her content is fun and informative!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Face of the Farmer: The Almond Farmer

Did you know California is the only place in North America where almonds are grown commercially and California Almonds are shipped to more than 90 markets worldwide (source: Almond Board)? I didn't and I've lived in California most of my life! Pretty amazing, isn't it?
 The Pitigliano family has been farming in central California for four generations, and are raising the fifth. They grow almonds, muscat grapes, pistachios, corn for grain, and black eyed peas. Dominic's great-grandfather started farming potatoes, cotton, grain, and avocados many years ago in a small town called Strathmore. Dominic now works with his parents and two brothers in the family business.
  His wife, Amie, has quite the family history in farming as well! She is the fifth generation in a farming family and her family is known for being some of the "pioneers" of farming in the Central San Joaquin Valley.
 So, needless to say, farming will be in baby Giada's blood. :)
Dominic and his family are involved in some exciting things with almonds, involving hulling and exporting to China!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Face of the Farmer: Citrus Farmer

The Lange family started farming in central California in 1960 with Satsuma Mandarin oranges. They have grown their operation over the last 52 years and now grow several different varieties of citrus, along with olives, grapes, and cattle. They are now farming on 24 sites between Tulare and Fresno Counties.

Chris and Billie Lange were gracious enough to let me take some photos of them on their ranch with their son, Derek, his wife Elizabeth, and their two children Gavin and Zion. Derek now works with his father and his kids will be the fourth generation if they grow up to work in the family business as well.

They gave us some of these W. Murcott Mandarins and they are oh so tasty!!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Face of the Farmer: Cattle Rancher

The Travioli family have been on their cattle ranch in the central San Joaquin Valley of California for many years. Curtis Travioli is the fourth generation and quite the inspiration for young adults going back into the family business of agriculture. He is a recent graduate of California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo (my alma mater, go Mustangs!).

He has come back to work with his family business and is also trying to start a new venture using an ultrasound to detect the meat quality before the cattle go to slaughter. It is a fairly rare technique used in California but he is approaching it with enthusiasm!

I was lucky enough to take some photos of them branding and vaccinating their cattle this month. It is the preservation of a way of life - the cowboy way- and a tradition in the family. Many friends and family get involved to help with the big job. Everyone was enjoying the day - including Grandpa overseeing the whole thing!
 Curtis at work.
 Even little baby Bradford was dressed for his first branding!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Face of the Farmer: Dairy Farmer

I thought I might as well kick off our first 'Face of the Farmer Friday' with my pops. That makes sense, right?

Ben Curti was born and raised a dairyman outside of Tulare, California. He is the third generation on the family dairy farm and has known no other way of life. Just like water and air are necessary in life, so are cow's necessary in Ben's.
 With baby farm vet (she was too interested in the cows to look at the camera).

The farm was started by his grandparents whom immigrated from northern Italy with nothing more than a few pennies and a dream. After a lot of hard work over the past 99 years, that dream has turned into a thriving business. He now milks 3,000 cows and farms feed for them as well. Ben's brother and cousins have also continued the dairy and farming. We know Miro and Domenica Curti are looking down with pride.

Here's a link to a video featuring Ben: Curtimade Dairy

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

California Women for Agriculture

I attended the California Women for Agriculture  annual state meeting earlier this month. It was held in our local chapter and was a great event! We had the opportunity to tour a Cargill beef slaughter plant and a goat dairy one day. This was my first time in a slaughter plant and let me tell you it's not for the weak-stomached! It was absolutely amazing though. I learned so much that day. I encourage anyone interested to contact Cargill and take a tour with them. They are very welcoming and accommodating.

 I believe this was the first time I have had goat milk - and it is tasty!
Summerhill Goat Dairy was wonderful! A beautiful, very clean facility where they process their own milk.

I missed the last tour of the day to the calf nursery: Grimmius Cattle Co.

We also got to hear some great speakers including The Dairy Goddess, Katie Pinke and Scott Vernon of I Love Farmers, They Feed My Soul.

I wasn't able to attend all of the meeting, but the portions I did attend were very informative and interesting. Already looking forward to next year's meeting!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Introducing "Baby Farm Vet"

This post is looooong overdue and that's not because "baby farm vet" made a late appearance! In September we welcomed Charlotte Juliette into this world. She is such a blessing to our lives and words cannot explain how thankful we are for her. She was 7 lbs 11 oz and 20 inches. She enjoys going on walks to see the cows, watching the dogs and cats and reading books with mom and dad. Here are some photos of the little munchkin.
The newborn.

 10 days old 
Photo taken by Raquel Leal 

Of course, she had no choice but to be a cow for Halloween.

A recent photo, at 3.5 months.