Dairy Carrie

Last week while in class Dairy Carrie Skyped in to our class and talked with us about how she got into dairy farming and blogging. It was really interesting to hear her story of how she really got started. She grew up in Madison, WI, with no agricultural experience. She married into a dairy family and has been doing it ever since. They live on a typical dairy farm in Wisconsin, around 300 acres and 100 head of cows. Carrie actually got the social media while promoting a lingerie line she had online. When she sold her online store, she started, DairyCarrie.com, blogging about the agriculture life and dairy farming. She wanted to make sure that people were informed with the right information

It was so interesting to hear her tell us what we’ve had drilled into our heads since the beginning of this PR and Marketing class, just be real and tell your story. The more genuine you are, the more likely people will be to read what you have to say. Looking at Carries blog, you can definitely tell what she is passionate about and that she really just wants to inform others on different agricultural topics.

Hopefully as I get better at this blogging thing, I’ll get the hang of it and be able to better express myself through words and blogging.





Laws Concerning Fences

I’ve worked in the fencing industry on and off for several years and many people do not know what the laws are concerning agricultural fences. Every state has a university extension that will usually give you the guidelines and laws. In Missouri there is the general fence law and the local fence option law. There are many counties that have opted out for the general fence law.

Here are some of the main questions that the extension website will answer. Who is legally responsible for building and maintaining a boundary fence? How is “livestock owner” defined in the updated general fence law?  What if my neighbor puts livestock against the boundary fence after I have built it? What portion of the fence am I required to maintain? Aren’t I responsible for only the part of the fence where the wire is on my side of the posts?

What is a legal fence in the state of Missouri?
General fence law
“A fence consisting of posts and wire or boards at least 4 feet high which is mutually agreed upon by adjoining landowners or decided upon by the associate circuit court of the county is a lawful fence. All posts shall be set firmly in the ground not more than 12 feet apart with wire or boards securely fastened to such posts and placed at proper distances apart to resist horses, cattle and other similar livestock” (RSMo 272.020).

general fence law this is an example of a General Fence Law.

Local option fence law
A lawful fence is “a fence with not less than four boards per 4 feet of height; said boards to be spaced no farther apart than twice the width of the boards used fastened in or to substantial posts not more than 12 feet apart with one stay, or a fence of four barbed wires supported by posts not more than 15 feet apart with one stay or 12 feet apart with no stays, or any fence which is at least equivalent to the types of fences described herein” [RSMo 272.210(1)]. “Stays” are vertical supports that are attached to each horizontal wire of a fence.

local option fence this is an example of Local Option Fence Law.

If you happen to be unsure about some of the legal aspects of a fence or the boundaries, research the laws before putting up a fence. It will save you lots of money, time, and a royal headache.


The Peterson Farm Brothers

Here are the lyrics to the song they are singing;

When I’m up at seven, the sunrise gives me a glimpse of heaven
I get right to work, a farmer’s life can be a little berserk yeah
This is how I roll, I feed the cattle till their stomachs are full
Treat em right, that’s my belief,
What’s for dinner? I say beef!

Gotta Feed Everybody
Gotta Feed Everybody
Gotta Feed Everybody
(Uh-Huh) I work out (side!)

When I step to the bunk (yeah)
This is what I see (Uh-huh)
All the hungry cattle are staring at me

I got passion for my plants and I ain’t afraid to show it show it show it show it
I’m farming and I grow it

When I’m in my tractor, I got more power than an arc reactor
And when I’m in the field, I try to raise crops to maximum yield
This is how I roll, without me the world would be outta control
The hours I work, there is no equal
Gotta feed the mouths of hungry people

Gotta Feed Everybody
Gotta Feed Everybody
Gotta Feed Everybody
(Uh-Huh) I work out (side!)

When I step to the bunk (yeah)
This is what I see (Uh-huh)
All the hungry cattle are staring at me

I got passion for my plants and I ain’t afraid to show it show it show it show it

I’m farming and I grow it

Water, water, water, water, water, yeah
Water, water, water, water, water, yeah
Water, water, water, water, water, yeah
Water, water, water, water, yeah, yeah

Cattle need water man,
Crops need water man,
We all need water man!
I’m Farming and I Grow it!

As I was thinking about what to write about this week, I’d been thinking about The Peterson Farm Brothers videos. I’d thought about creating a video like this for awhile, but about building fence and realized I’m not nearly as creative as these boys are. I love how they portray their daily lives and what they do on their farm in a fun way and make people laugh. It’s entertainment for many and also educational. Many people don’t realize what it takes to run a large scale farm, or even a farm for that matter. In all honesty I don’t know  much when it comes to the crops aspect of farming because where I live it’s all livestock. I’ve mainly been around horses, some cattle, and lots of goats.

What are your thoughts on their videos? Do you think what they’re doing is a good think?

Ozarks Farm and Neighbor

This past week Miss Lynzee Glass from Ozarks Farm and Neighbor, came to speak to our PR and Marketing class about how they have utilized the social media scene. Ozark Farm and Neighbor is a rural newspaper that focuses on educated farmers about what’s going on in other areas along with different or newer practices in farming that are in use. Miss Lynzee said that the average reader for the newspaper is a male between the ages of 35-64 and there are approximately 58,000 subscribers.

They joined Facebook in April 2009 and had only 4 posts that year. By 2010 they were trying to make more consistent posts and by 2011 they were trying to post daily. They started using Facebook to try reaching a younger audience, it’s free publicity, it keeps their name in front of their audience, and it helps build brand advocates. Facebook is also a way to get instant feedback and to make information available to folks in between publications of the newspaper. Currently they have 1,400 followers on Facebook and over the summer they joined Twitter and have 32 followers.

Miss Lynzee also told us that they utilize the program HootSuiteto help manage their Twitter and Facebook accounts. HootSuite is a program that you can use to manage multiple accounts and set the time and what you want to post in the program and it does it all for you. I’ve gone thru the program to see how it works and it really is pretty awesome, especially for those that are busy and don’t have the time to always be on Facebook or Twitter. You can also set up your HootSuite to post multiple times in a day and the exact time you want things posted. Some of the thing Lynzee said they posted on their Facebook and Twitter are photos, partial Ozarks Farm and Neighbor articles, breaking news, and community events. They post these on their accounts because by the time it reaches their readers in 3 weeks

It’s really interesting how many companies are turning to social media, especially some of the businesses that the older generations are more interested in. Social media is a very large and important role in today’s business world. Everyone is some sort of social media, wether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, or any of the other source. If you aren’t on social media as a business, you need to be to get your name out there, heck it’s free publicity and advertising.



I Am So Not Made for Television….

So this whole blog was started as a class project for my PR and Marketing class. One of the assignments was to make a video and add it to our blog. I have terrible stage fright and tend to say some pretty crazy things and look like a goober. Miss Alleigh and I chose to do our video in a news cast type setting and pretend we were news anchors. We discussed things such as the weather, cattle, the cattle prices, and the crazy Chipolte commercial that we have been talking about and analyzing in class.

First off the thing that I can’t believe I did was say, “Yes them cattle are pretty important!”. I mean come on, wow how silly could I sound. I chalk it up to the stage fright. But yes the cattle are very important, especially in Southern Missouri where I live. Cattle are the main form of livelihood for farmers along with hay. If you’ve never been to Southern Missouri, it’s hilly and rocky. Not the most suitable terrain for crops.

Ok the crazy Chipolte commercial that is on YouTube. It’s a very compelling commercial but very poorly portrays agriculture. I mean come on people get your facts straight. I know I look silly in my video and say goofy stuff but it’s true. The udders on the cow are underneath and between the back legs, not on the side. And the chickens in real life are not pumped full of stuff in commercial farms. I still have no idea what Chipolte was trying to sell in that commercial other than a game they have come out with for kids. But if you have no connection to agriculture, this would surely pull at your heartstrings.

I know this is just a brief overview of my crazy video where I look incredibly silly, but going back and looking at what all we talked about, the topics are very important. People need to be properly informed instead of just going with the mainstream.
Is there anything that you know of that people aren’t properly informed on?