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I completely love Ryan Bright’s blog The Udder Side, Secret Agent Cows Exposing the Truth About Dairy Farms. I really can’t say it better than Agent 459 does in her first post: Hopefully Ryan won’t mind. This is too good.

Operation Milk Can

I am proud to announce that phase one of Operation Milk Can has been successful.  As a member of the Cow Alliance Legion Federation, aka C.A.L.F., my fellow bovines and I have infiltrated  another farm.  We were able to smuggle in a camera and laptop to assist us in getting the word out.  Hacking into the farmer’s wi-fi was no trouble with our extensive training.

So far we have blended in with the other cows very well.  We are milked twice daily, have access to plenty of  hay, silage and water, and spend most of our day on pasture.
We plan weekly messages to the world on what really goes on at dairy farms.

Agent 459, reporting from the Udder Side.

1. Tell a little about you and your operation.Ryan Bright
I’m the 5th generation on our Tennessee farm.  I’m lucky enough to get to work every day with my father and uncle.  We milk around 100 Holstein cows twice daily.  We bale our own hay and raise corn and wheat for silage.  My wife is a teacher and we have three crazy kids.

2. What made you want to start your blog? I was able to attend the National Milk Producers Federation conference last fall as a Young Cooperator and they had a presentation on why it is important for farmers to  get involved with social media to tell our story.   I’ve always enjoyed writing and I thought this would be a great chance to tell positive farm stories.  To be a little different, I decided on the idea of doing a blog from the cow’s prospective but with a twist in that the cows are spying on the farmer.

3. What has been the biggest surprise since you started? or something you didn’t expect:
My biggest surprise about blogging would have to be how much fun it is to come up with a post. Doing the blog in the context of secret agent cows gives me many ways to describe farm life from an off-kilter perspective.

4. What is your favorite post and why?
All Work and No Ballet Make for a Dull Cow is my favorite post.  The idea of a cow doing ballet moves, especially a secret agent cow doing them, sums up the zaniness I try to achieve with each post.

5. What obstacles have you met and how did you overcome them?
Working on the farm and being the father of three leaves little time for blogging.  I often jot down notes for a post on a scrap of paper throughout the day and do a lot of editing of it in my head.  That way when I do have a chance to sit down at the computer I make the most of that time.  I also try to keep a camera handy at all times.  You never know when a picture perfect moment will come along.

We can all learn a lesson in originality from Ryan. And how a blog can have a simple design but make a big impact with some effort by the writer. I truly love it. Thanks for being this week’s Featured Farmer, Ryan. Head on over to his blog, The Udder Side. It will make you laugh. Follow him on twitter @farmerbright.

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