Instagram has easily become my favorite social media platform. I love scrolling through folks’ farmhouse renovations, the newest styles from my favorite clothing brands, and seeing friends/family’s life adventures.
What I just might love more is that so many dairy farmers are using it to open up their farms to share with anyone interested in learning what happens day to day on a family dairy farm.
While there are far more than I am able to list in one article, I wanted to share some of my favorites with all of you:
I’d tried to think of a fun and cute way to announce our third pregnancy here with all of you followers. Besides just sharing a blog post. But I am going to be honest, none of them felt quite right. It’s not that we aren’t excited for this next blessing to join our family, it’s just that pregnancy, after loss, has it’s own underlying anxieties. I know how truly lucky I am to be at 36 weeks with all continuing to progress at this point healthy and normal. It’s not a blessing that is granted to all families that have experienced pregnancy loss. We are overjoyed to meet our rainbow in a short 4 weeks (ok probably 5 1/2, both the boys were 10 days late) There’s still the realistic facts that 1 in 4 pregnancies don’t end the way we had hoped. So I’ll continue to be honest, to share all the mixed emotions that come with this journey. Because I don’t want anyone out there to feel alone! ❤
“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field. ” – Dwight D. Eisenhower It’s extremely easy to look at numbers on a paper and say what yields in a field should be or what livestock production should look like. The reality is much different though, some days you find yourself straddling one of the ladies so you can administer I.V. Fluids while Kiera keeps you awake with her sandpaper tongue. Or you’re dealing with drought and the crops are failing. Every day farmers deal with a thousand different variables that don’t show up on paper. #dairydoneright #advocate #tillamook #dairylife #ag #agchat #agdaily #undeniablydairy
“I urge dairy farmers and consumers alike to seek each other out and learn more about one another. We need to bridge this ever-growing gap between the producer and the consumer. For consumers, when you have questions about your food, find a farmer and ask them. Don’t automatically believe everything negative you see. Many things can be explained with a little context from the farmer. The more we know about each other, the better we will understand each other.”. . Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to write a blog for Progressive Dairyman about why we decided to start sharing about our dairy farm on my blog and social media platforms. Check out the link in my bio to read the whole article.
Miss Sophia loves that there are heifers in our pasture again. 💜 • • • If you didn’t see my story yet, head over to @womenofdairy! I’ll be taking over it this week!! And let me know what you want me to post about this week!! 👌🏽🙂 • • • #undeniablydairy #sophiaann🎀 #womenofdairy #dairygood #wfbfpicturethis #realwidairy #hilbyfamilyfarm
As I mentioned, these are just a few of my favorite dairy farm Instagram accounts. I hope that you give them all follow and learn how amazingly different every single one of their farms is. At the end of the day, our goals are the same, happy cows.
P.S. That last account is mine. 😉
Krista Stauffer is a wife, mother of three, and first-generation millennial dairy farmer. Krista works side by side with her husband and kids on their 140-cow dairy.