So, you know how I love dairy cows? Wait, sorry, that was a stupid question. If you’ve spent more than three seconds here, you probably know that.
Anyway, it’s my love for all things dairy that drew my attention to this article in Forbes Magazine.
Okay, it was actually the article’s headline, Big Agriculture Gets Its Sh*t Together, which really sparked my interest. Then I saw cows and, well, I was a goner.
Despite the snarky title, which, let’s be honest, I love, the article is a treasure trove of information about how today’s dairy farmers are working to make their farms more sustainable with fewer resources.
If you’re curious at all about how big — and I mean BIG — farms operate, this article is for you.
The focus of the article is Fair Oaks Dairy, located in northwest Indiana. Fair Oaks is one of the largest dairy farms in the country, housing around 36,000 cows.
With that many animals in one spot — not to mention their hog operation — there’s bound to be some poop. And the way that Fair Oaks deals with manure is on the cutting edge of farm technology.
They’re turning their manure into an energy source for the farm, reducing their environmental footprint and greenhouse gas emissions.
To top it off, the dairy itself is open to the public for viewing, tours and questions.
How cool is that? Looks like they really did get their sh–well, stuff, together.