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.