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Brenda Hastings’ perspective as a dairy producer and mom BLOG
The Dairy Mom
Brenda Hastings began her blog, “The Dairy Mom,” in March 2010, in order to share the story of their farm and to connect with consumers.
“Providing accurate information builds consumer confi dence in the dairy industry and the products we produce,” she says. “I want other moms to feel good about serving traditionally produced dairy products to their family.”
In 2011, they started a new venture — Hastings Dairy Tours and Events, opening their farm from April to October for group and school tours and other events (a 1,450-square-foot event room is at one end of the milking barn). During June and also in the fall, they hosted hundreds of visitors to what they call “Open Farm Days.”
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“The Bobcat loader is a solid, well-balanced machine. I especially like the ease of service. That’s because the large, swing-open tailgate provides convenient access to routine maintenance items. With the previous loader I had to crawl underneath to remove panels to work on the machine. It was not easy. The service points on the S650 are so much more accessible.” — Lad Hastings, Hastings Dairy
“By emphasizing a high-quality feeding program, herd health and cow comfort, we are able to operate at the highest level 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Lad says. “We really put our equipment to the test. We don’t have a lot of extra equipment or employees (eight), so reliability is important.”
That’s what brought the M-Series S650 to Hastings Dairy about a year and a half ago.
“We had another brand of skid-steer loader that was OK, but was getting old and starting to have some downtime,” Lad says. “A dairy producer I used to work for mentioned that he had switched to a Bobcat machine and found it superior to what he previously owned. As a result of that conversation, I contacted Bobcat of Cleveland for a demo.”
Lad points out that “the Bobcat loader is a solid, well-balanced machine.
“I especially like the ease of service. That’s because the large, swing-open tailgate provides convenient access to routine maintenance items. With the previous loader I had to crawl underneath to remove panels to work on the machine. It was not easy. The service points on the S650 are so much more accessible.”
While the Hastings found that it was very tough to get started, the decision to switch to a Bobcat loader was not diffi cult. “Once we decided on the best size, the S650 sold itself,” Lad says.
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