Undercover video reveals shocking images of Wisconsin dairy farm

Yesterday, a new undercover video was released from a Wisconsin dairy farm; a farm much like one of the many family farms across the country. Actually, after reading so many reports of animal welfare concerns, these revealing scenes from behind closed doors are pretty shocking. Watch the video for yourself.

See the original post on the DairyCarrie blog.

Seriously though, we have Carrie Mess (the leader of the Agriculture Proud Banditas) to thank for this video. And the barn doors were probably closed because it is cold in Wisconsin during the winter.

She has opened up a few doors by playing on the tactics of animal rights activists who regularly use scare tactics, emotion, and narratives to depict scenes of animal cruelty and welfare concerns in animal abuse videos. Well played, Carrie! Thank you for showing us that your cows are comfortable and well-taken care of while they are “doing cow things.”

Jersey Dairy Cows in Milking BarnI think the important point to be made with this video (originally posted on the DairyCarrie blog) is that we can all make videos, and we can all narrate scenes, but no matter how you play it, a video (or photos, or even a single blog post) is nothing more than a snapshot of the entire story.

Livestock production and farming is not a snapshot affair. A single measurement of anything is not an accurate depiction of the circumstances. It takes an entire dialogue, a relationship, and honest communication to gain an understanding of what happens in farming and food production. Carrie displays this well and follows through with the constant dialogue through her blog posts.

I am not saying things are perfect. Nothing is perfect. There is always something we can improve upon. It’s when we become content or complacent with our circumstances that we lose that desire to improve. There are several farmers and ranchers across the country working to improve and connect with their customers to learn what needs more improvement.

These dialogues cannot take place without a certain amount of civility in conversations. Sensational, emotional, provoking videos are not always the answer, but they do capture our attention.

Holstein Dairy Cows grazing wheat grass pasture

You may have been misled by the title of this post, and you may have been let down by cows doing cow things in the video, but it probably caught your attention better than a title of “Cows in a Barn.”

Be sure to stop by Carrie’s Blog, her Facebook page, or tweet her to ask your questions about dairy farming.

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  1. Hi Ryan, Robin Wylie Lindquist here, from SW Idaho. We have just started a farming blog called kissmytractor.blogspot.com. I manage a number of farms in E. Washington and S. Idaho, and will be highlighting those operations, as well as researching hot topics. I am a new follower of your blog, and would like to invite you to visit mine. Thank you for yours, and the work you do. -Robin

  2. That is a sweet and peaceful video, Carrie and Ryan. You made good points about shock tactics, although I suppose it’s the “squeaky wheel” principle. But I can understand how you all, as farmers would feel about that. It’s not fair to be tarred and feathered with the same brush so to speak. If one sees cruelty to animals (true cruelty, not someone mistaking a lone calf as an orphan) it’s probably terrible and traumatizing for not only the animal but the viewer. Maybe that’s where the shock tactics come from too — it’s hard to deal with that kind of thing and remain calm when exposing it maybe? Or the writers/filmers just have to be more careful not to condemn everyone for one farm or person’s actions. Heck, sorry, not being very articulate. Anyway, I appreciate the post and peaceful video, especially because I’m sitting in an office at a desk, under the artificial lights, ugh!

  3. I live that this is a nice video of cows. But I think you point about the snapshot is terrible. If someone is cruel to an animal even just once or for just that snapshot, is that not wrong? If people don’t want to be labeled that way it’s easy, treat the animals well. People have options today and if someone is cruel to their animals I have the choice to spread that information and take business elsewhere!

  4. One of the cleanest farms I’ve ever seen. Animals look healthy, there’s sun and food and space. I don’t see any problem with this. Obviously a bored person trying to get attention.

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