Three Buses, LOTS of People, Plenty of California Sunshine = A Very Nice Day to Tour a Dairy
Just over a week ago we hosted a group from Dairy Management Inc.* who were here in So. California for a meeting in the Palm Springs area . Approximately 130 people traveled from their meeting to see our dairy and participate in four different discussion sessions of shared information: Water & Natural Nutrient Recycling, Comfortable, Healthy & Well Fed Cows, Efficiencies and to listen to Steve McCorkle, CEO of Ag Waste Solutions discuss our joint venture of turning cow manure into diesel fuel; and as a side line bonus they also were able to enjoy some warm Californian sunshine.
The Buses Arrive
As the buses pulled into the dairy Bruce, Brad and I each boarded a bus to give a quick tour of the farm. As I boarded my bus to give a “cooks tour” of our farm the butterflies were fluttering in my stomach… but everyone was warm and welcoming and once I figured out how to use the pesky microphone I think it all went well. We quickly (they were on a tight time frame) did a loop past our cows, then around the northwest section of our farm taking in the sights of an Italian Rye crop planted under our westernmost pivot line… then onto our retention ponds, past our pumping station and back towards the dairy to disembark at the “big barn” where the “manure to fuel” project with Ag Waste Solutions is housed.
Everyone broke into four different groups at this point and most put on protective “booties” over their shoes (blue booties in picture below). Then off to their respective stations for 20 minutes of discussion before then walking to the next station until all four had been visited.
Brad Scott Discusses Keeping Cows Comfortable and Well Fed
Bruce Scott Discusses Water & Nutrient Recycling
Ryan Anglin of Anglin Farms in Arkansas Discusses Energy Efficiencies
Steve McCorkle CEO of Ag Waste Solutions Demonstrates How His Water Recovery Module Works
Lunch was under a tent which came with carpeting(!) and then everyone enjoyed Scott Brothers Dairy soft serve yogurt. Yummy!!! On a nice warm (mid 80’s) day it was appreciated by all believe me.
A Beautiful Sunny California Day for a Picnic Under a Big Tent
Brad Scott thanking the DMI group for visiting our dairy.
Ryan Anglin thanking Scott Brothers Dairy for their hospitality.
Bruce Scott, Ryan Anglin, Brad Scott & Stan Scott
Brian Hanna of the Scott Brothers Dairy Creamery Serving Soft Serve Yogurt to our Guests
I wish there had been more time to get to know these folks… some were from the frozen regions of Minnesota and Wisconsin, others from New York, New Jersey, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and several of the mid-western states. All had fascinating stories to tell of their homes, their farms, their lives. We here at Scott Brothers Dairy thank the DMI group for their interest in our farm and feel blessed that we were able to share our family owned farm with so many wonderful people.
*Dairy Management Inc.™ (DMI) is funded by America’s nearly 49,000 dairy farmers, as well as dairy importers. Created to help increase sales and demand for dairy products, DMI and its related organizations work to increase demand for dairy through research, education and innovation, and to maintain confidence in dairy foods, farms and businesses. DMI manages National Dairy Council and the American Dairy Association, and founded the U.S. Dairy Export Council, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy and the Dairy Research Institute. DMI works with state and regional promotion organizations to implement these programs across the country.