Healthy Dairying – a story worth telling
Every good story has a beginning, middle and end. For third-generation dairy farmer Will Gilmer, the story starts with healthy animals.
Gilmer milks 200 Holstein cows in Lamar County, Ala., alongside his father. To maintain healthy animals, they work closely with a nutritionist and monitor the cows’ happiness and contentment in the pasture.
The story continues with improvement efforts that include seasonal strip grazing, no-till silage crops and an upgraded waste management system to more efficiently use captured nutrients as fertilizer. All of these management practices support raising healthy, comfortable cows that produce quality milk and dairy beef.
But the story doesn’t end there. Gilmer goes beyond the boundaries of this 600-acre farm using the Internet and community events to tell his story. From conversations to presentations and guest speaking opportunities, Gilmer shares his passion for dairying with anyone who will listen. You can follow Gilmer’s story online.