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Wubbzy the Calf Draws Attention of Actual Wubbzy Cartoon Creator

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This happened awhile ago, but I thought I would bring it to everyone’s attention. As we all know, Wow Wow Wubbzy Wubbzy Wubbzy Wow Wow the calf is quickly becoming increasingly popular, and is quickly rising to stardom. Wubbzy’s celebrity presence has easily converted a large following among the masses. And rightly so, I might add, noting he is probably the most charismatic calf you’ll ever meet.

Wubbzy’s stardom is actually becoming so great that he attracted the attention of the actual creator of Wow Wow Wubbzy. Bob Boyle, the creator of Wow Wow Wubbzy, commented on the first blog posting about Wubbzy the calf.

To be perfectly honest I was a bit skeptical at first to the authenticity of the claim until I clicked on his name which brought me to his blog. The blog of Bob Boyle is actually pretty cool, and the work that he does is inspiring. Browsing though his blog, you can tell that Mr. Boyle is no lazy cartoon creator; he actually visits schools and talks frequently with actual kids. Working with kids is very admirable, but helping them to be creative and inspiring them is even more admirable!

Here is what Mr. Boyle commented on the posting about Wubbzy:

“As the creator of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, I have to say that your calves’ name is awesome!” “He sounds like a scrappy fella. I’d like to meet the little guy sometime!”

The sheer randomness of Bob Boyle’s visit to Crazy Moos was pretty awesome so I thought I would point this out. It’s pretty cool! So Bob Boyle, if you do read this posting, know that you can visit our dairy anytime to meet Wubbzy (note though that he has grown quite a bit though so he’s not really that scrappy fella he used to be :). Just let me know when you’re in Northern California!

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Keeping Cows Cool and Comfortable

I took some video earlier this summer and decided to make a short little clip about what we do at the dairy to keep cows cool and comfortable. In California, it often gets pretty hot in the summer and cows do not tolerate heat very well because of their thick skin. Sometimes it gets over 110 degrees in the California valley, so we use a variety of ways to keep our cows cool in the summer.

Our dairy has an advantage that other dairies do not have though so we are pretty lucky. We live near the delta in California, an area that is the waterway to San Francisco. We usually get a pretty cool breeze throughout the day from the air that flows though the delta. The cool breeze that we get is very helpful in the summer.

There are many ways to keep cows cool. Shade is the obvious one. In the video, you can see the much larger barn in the background. That is our newest barn on the dairy, and has been designed to maximize air flow and shield the cows against the sun. The large barn creates an atmosphere that is usually 10 degrees cooler than the outside temperature in the summer. The older barns are less effective, but still provide some protection.

Some dairies use fans, and place them throughout the dairy to help increase airflow to keep the cows cool. On our dairy, we only have fans in the milk barn, but they are very effective in keeping the area cool.

Mister are probably one of the most effective ways to keep the cows cool. At 80 degrees, we turn on the misters. These misters are basically just water lines with little mister nozzles that put out a fine mist. The mist keeps the cows cool.

Although this summer was pretty mild, with very cool temperatures, we still used our misters quite a bit. We want to keep the cows cool because the hot weather will stress them out. When the cows are stressed, they are more susceptible to disease, and produce much less milk. So it is really in our best interest as cow caretakers to keep them comfortable in the summer and protect them from hot temperatures.

The combination of shade, fans, and misters really do keep our cows cool, and help keep these cows happy California cows.

 

Here is the video I made earlier this summer!

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The U.S. Dairy Industry: On a Mission to Feed the World!

Capture3 Global demand for dairy products is booming. There is a tremendous amount of demand for dairy products globally, and U.S. export markets have been experiencing large amounts of growth overseas. Dairy continues to be a great asset to the U.S. economy noting that U.S. dairies create many direct and indirect jobs, and produces product for a rapidly growing global marketplace.

Like many other industries throughout the United States, the U.S. dairy industry got caught in the downturn at the end of 2008 and early 2009 as global trade slowed down due to the financial crisis that brought global trade to a screeching halt. The financial crisis did impact the dairy industry significantly early on in 2009, but it recovered far more vigorously than many other industries throughout the U.S. The second half of 2009 seen a dramatic rebound in both dairy exports and domestic demand. 2010 is proving that there is a rapidly growing demand globally for dairy products.

According to the United States Dairy Export Counsel (USDEC), dairy exports of dry ingredients (milk powders, whey proteins, and lactose) cheese, and butter were up 35% in volume from a year ago, and up 66% in volume the first 6 months of 2010 to just over $2 billion. Tom Suber, president of the U.S. Dairy Export Council noted that “All products have experienced robust trade. Cheese, in particular, has come back strongly.” According to USDEC, cheese exports were up 66% driven by strong demand in Japan, South Korea, and Mexico. For the full report from USDEC click here.

Even more impressive than the size of export growth is the magnitude of U.S. gains in relation to other major dairy exporters and the total change in each product category. For example, total global cheese exports were up 14 percent in the first half of 2010; New Zealand was down 7 percent, but the U.S. was up 61 percent. Total global butterfat exports were down 10 percent; New Zealand and Australia were down 15 percent and 38 percent, respectively, but the U.S. was up 150 percent.

Continuing decline in the value of the U.S. dollar, which increases buying power for foreign customers, is just one reason for the increases. USDEC leaders point out that strong customer relationships, consistently high product quality, and reliable delivery make the U.S. an increasingly preferred supplier for many buyers. Click here for another article on a report from the International Dairy Foods Association

Milk is one of nature’s most nutritious food products, composed of protein, vitamins, calcium, and many more beneficial nutrients. In the world today, consumers are demanding quality food products specifically milk and other dairy products. Emerging markets are rapidly growing and expanding, demanding the nutrition that dairy products can provide.

The United States is one of the most efficient dairy producers of quality dairy products in the world, and is quickly becoming a leading exporter to nations around the world. California particularly has been the key U.S. state leading exports primarily due to its location on the Pacific Ocean. California has been a leader in the United States for dairy with the highest milk production than any other state, and has some of the most efficient dairy operations in the world. The California dairy industry is proud for the opportunity to be on the forefront to essentially helping to feed the world.

The global population is rapidly growing, and markets are emerging consequently giving rise to wealthier individuals who can afford to spend more on quality food products. One of the first food products wealthier people are demanding are dairy products. China in particular has a great hunger for dairy products due to the high quality nutrition dairy can provide.

With over 1.5 billion people to feed, China will need to source food products from all over the world in order to feed their populace. In the dairy industry, the Chinese have been one of the largest driving forces of global demand for dairy products. Rabobank, a large international agriculture bank, has recently cited milk demand growth to quickly outpace supply over the next decade leaving tremendous opportunity for the dairy industry in the United States to help China quench its thirst for dairy products.

And with the worldwide economic crisis, food related health scares, food contamination issues, terrorist attacks, and disease epidemics regularly headlining the world news, consumers are beginning to become more aware of the foods they consume, and are demanding consistent, high-quality food products. A report put out by Tetra Pak called “Tetra Pak Dairy Index” in June 2009 cites that 59% of consumers in developing countries, such as China and India, say they are worried about the safety of the food they buy, compared to 49% of consumers in developed countries. The great news is that U.S. dairy has some of the best technology in the world to produce safe, wholesome products along with intricate quality control systems to ensure product quality. The global market is beginning to notice that the U.S. is a leader in product quality, and is one of the reasons why demand for U.S. dairy is exploding.

The dairy industry really does have a tremendous amount of potential due to expanding global dairy demand, and people should take note of these facts. Global demand for dairy has not soured, but the future is really looking quite bright.

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Meet the Other Dairy Pets!

Just like any other farm or dairy, cats plague our dairy. The cats have a job at the dairy, to help keep the mice population at bay, at least the ones that eat mice. Most of the cats have a pretty easy life on the dairy since there’s a lot of easy food. So keeping mice at bay is not always a priority for them.

The cat population on our dairy has been exploding. Our cat family started out when some friends wanted to give away some of their cats. We happily accepted, and it’s been pretty interesting since then.

We started with Tigger, Montague (AKA Monty), Oliver (AKA Lollipop), Snuggles, and Rosie. Then two of them got together and now we also have Scooter, Mickey, Miney (AKA Nancy), Nugget and Smudge. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were more later.

We have so many pictures of these cats I thought I’d post some pictures of them.

Rusty and Ace are our 2 dogs. Rusty is the German Sheppard, who at this point is over 10 years old, named because he is pretty rusty looking. Rusty likes to keep Ace in line. Ace, the black and white one, is the herding dog and is named because we picked him up for free at an Ace Hardware store for free. He is a pretty energetic dog with hobbies including herding cows, feeding baby calves, and halting calves.

The following are a few pictures: (most are of Smudge and Scooter)

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About Crazy Moos

Welcome to the Crazy Moos blog! Crazy Moos is a play on words, basically trying to create a fun environment (crazy) for dairy news (moos). The overall goal of this blog is to communicate “moosworthy information” (newsworthy information) about the dairy industry and important happening on the dairy farm. Hopefully this blog will help people learn about various aspects of the dairy industry and what happens on the dairy farm. Visit regularly for new blog postings!

About Me

I am a 3rd generation dairyman in California, and our dairy farm really is a reflection of the American dream. My grandfather came to America from Europe after World War II in search of greater opportunities, and a safer place to raise a family. He came to America with hardly anything except his exceptional appreciation for hard work. My grandpa after a few years was able to start his own dairy farm and start producing high quality, nutritious milk. In the 70’s, he moved the operation to a more remote area (our current location), and started growing the herd.

Today, I am actively taking part in the farms daily responsibilities. I’m well qualified to be in the dairy industry, and consider myself pretty knowledgeable about the dairy industry having just graduating college with a degrees in dairy science, and dairy processing.

Many people today believe that the dairy industry has been taken over by large corporate farms, but a recent study done shows that most dairies are family owned. In fact, 99% of dairy farms in California are family owned and operated. My whole family is involved on the dairy. My sisters are caretakers of the baby calves, and we guys take care of the cows. There are eight kids in our family, so the dairy is definitely a family affair!

Milk is one of the world’s most nutritious natural products. So many people today are forgetting that milk is filled with many different nutrients, all combined to work in synergy together to maximize the body’s absorption of these nutrients. It’s the perfect blend of nutrients, in nature’s most natural product.

Milk, it’s a natural product, that’s naturally good for you!

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