“Cowside Conversations” is a monthly podcast brought to you by the Center for Dairy Excellence. We’ve heard time and time again that dairy farmers learn the most from other dairy farmers. So, in this podcast we’re going to share real-time farmer insight, tricks of the trade, and inspiring stories from dairies across Pennsylvania.
Episode 3: Greta Halahan & Virginia Deffibaugh share calf management strategies and how to get it right from the start
When it comes to calf care and management, you don’t get a redo. In this episode of “Cow-Side Conversations,” Greta Halahan & Virginia Deffibaugh from Singing Brook Farms in Bedford County, Pa. share how they get their calves off to a good start and how important it is to define your protocols to ensure excellence from the very beginning. With cold weather making respiratory issues more common in calves, they also explained how they combat the cold and commit to weight gain through colostrum management.
Happy New Year: Our favorite moments from Cow-Side Conversations
Happy New Year! With 2021 almost behind us, enjoy this bonus episode of “Cow-Side Conversations” featuring some of our favorite moments from Season One. Over the last year, we’ve interviewed dairy farmers from across the state – from Wayne County just a few miles from New York to Westmoreland County near Pittsburgh. As dairy farmers, we all have something we can learn from one another. Being able to exchange stories and ideas is what has made this podcast so refreshing. Thanks for listening!
Episode 2: Allen Behrer & Pete Posnett describe their creative approach to employee management
Our employees are essential to every aspect of our business, especially on dairy operations. With Willow Behrer Farms in Huntingdon County, PA recently being recognized by the National FARM Program for their efforts in workforce development, Allen Behrer and Pete Posnett joined us for this episode of “Cow-Side Conversations.” Listen as they describe creative ways they are cultivating employee engagement to help achieve their performance goals.
Episode 1: John Kline shares how transition planning has helped his family and allows him to give back
To kick off Season 2 of Cow-Side Conversations, John Kline of Lebanon County, PA shares how creating a successful transition plan for his five sons has helped them take on responsibilities and make decisions for Klinedale Farms and their satellite embryo business. Passing the dairy farm on to his sons – who he describes as a dream team – has also allowed John to embrace a leadership role with OnFire Youth Ministries and serve his community. In this podcast episode, listen as John shares the challenges that come with transition planning, the rewards of getting involved in the community, and the close-knit nature of the dairy community.
Episode 12: Emily Montgomery gives an honest look at the rewards and challenges of starting a cheese-making business
With October being American Cheese Month, Emily Montgomery of Calkins Creamery on Highland Farms in Wayne County, PA shared how she got her start with cheese-making. With her team making about 1,500 pounds of cheese a week, Emily discussed how she manages quality and consistency, drives profitability for her family’s dairy farm, connects with customers, and navigates the growing demand for their products. In our 12th episode of Cow-Side Conversations, listen as Emily shares both the rewards and challenges of managing a small-scale creamery.
Episode 11: Brett Reinford opens up about farm accident and shares methane digester revenue streams
Safety protocols are a critical part of your dairy business to protect yourself and your employees. As we enter the fall harvest season, Brett Reinford of Reinford Farms in Juniata County, PA opened up about a farm accident he experienced last November — an accident he describes as “a direct hit, not a near miss.” In our 11th episode of Cow-Side Conversations, he describes the tools they use to prioritize farm safety and also shares how methane digesters are impacting their operation, including new revenue streams.
Thank you Jayne and congratulations on the podcast’s one year anniversary.