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Follow organic dairy farmer Jonathan Gates as he reports weekly from his Vermont family farm. Howmars Farm is a certified organic dairy farm, one of many Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative farmer members who supply the milk that goes into making Stonyfield's yogurts and smoothies. The entire family pitches in on this third-generation farm. Check out some of the happenings on his farm and post your comments. Jonathan loves to get feedback from readers.

The Bovine Bugle goes to the "moo-vies"

Hello all--

Today we're pleased to announce that The Bovine Bugle is moving...literally. Jonathan Gates up at Howmars Farm has taken up his video camera and sent us these wonderful shots of his organic herd contentedly grazing in the fields last week. [That's Jonathan's voice you hear, along with the munching of the grass.]

Those of you who have been faithful readers of The Bovine Bugle will now really get to see the action on the farm. We hope to have new "moo-vies" here about once a week, in addition to Jonathan's usual written notes and photos, so please come back and visit often. Also, we'd love it if you used the comment feature below or made a note on the video to tell us what you think of this moo-vie, and what you might like to see in "moo-ving color" in the future.

Click on the play button below--that's the arrow pointing to the right--and wait a minute. The video may be choppy. Play it once, then play it again for a smoother picture.


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Interesting!! However, having grown up on a NH dairy farm, I'd like to know what specifically defines an "Organic Farm", at least by a current media definition... and what the VT farmer considers as 'pros and cons' of such an enterprise by his own VT experience. Posted 1437 hrs...

That Grass looks very lush - do you ever get bloat problems ?

It was nice to see the ladies munching - but when you have one "star" in front of the camera, could we have her name please?

When did you make the transition to organic and how long did it take? I have been receiving your letter for about a year and it is one of my favorites. Sounds like a very satisfying way to farm and live. Thank you

I love it! A sweeter sound I have never heard--that of the cow munching the grass. I remember hearing it outside the bedroom window as I was going to sleep when I was a child. Looks like the first cow you were filming just had to get into the picture again. I like your black dog also.

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