Every year we wonder if it will be possible to top the year before (Read more: Top 13 of 2013 – The Bullvine’s Most Popular Articles of the Year). Fortunately, thanks to the support of you, our loyal readers. 2014 was our best year yet.
14. DAIRY SLANG: 22 PHRASES THAT MEAN DIFFERENT THINGS TO DAIRY BREEDERS
Listen in on two dairy breeders’ conversation and you might think you were listening to an entirely different language. The show ring, dairy cattle breeding and the dairy farming industry are full of strange terminology that most people would simply not understand. Here are 22 phrases that have totally different meanings to dairy breeders. (Read more: DAIRY SLANG: 22 PHRASES THAT MEAN DIFFERENT THINGS TO DAIRY BREEDERS )
13. THE TOP 10 DAIRY BREEDER FACEBOOK FAN PAGES AND WHY THEY’RE SUCCESSFUL
Have you ever wondered what it takes to have a successful Facebook page for your dairy farm? Well, look no further! (Read more: THE TOP 10 DAIRY BREEDER FACEBOOK FAN PAGES AND WHY THEY’RE SUCCESSFUL)
12. BEST OF BOTH WORLDS – SALE REPORT
In picturesque upstate Vermont, the team of St. Jacobs ABC, Ferme Blondin and Brian Craswell Auctions Ltd. did an outstanding job coping with the wet weather to host this great sale at the St. Jacobs new dairy facility. (Read more BEST OF BOTH WORLDS – SALE REPORT)
11. ONTARIO SUMMER HOLSTEIN SHOW RESULTS 2014
On a beautiful Ontario summer’s day judge Gerald Caughin placed some of the best cattle in the world. Check here to see complete results (ONTARIO SUMMER HOLSTEIN SHOW RESULTS 2014).00
10. EXPO PROVINCIALE DE MONTMAGNY
This is one of the best kept secrets of the tanbark season. Timed just a few weeks before World Dairy Expo, here is a showcase of what the champion state herd from the past 2 World Dairy Expo’s has to offer. Clearly, it is one of the best shows of the year (Read more: EXPO PROVINCIALE DE MONTMAGNY).
9. THE TOP 10 HOLSTEIN SIRES OF 2014 THAT WILL SIRE THE NEXT WORLD DAIRY EXPO GRAND CHAMPION
Everyone wants to breed the next great one. The popularity of this article proves it. (Read more: THE TOP 10 HOLSTEIN SIRES OF 2014 THAT WILL SIRE THE NEXT WORLD DAIRY EXPO GRAND CHAMPION)
8. INTERNATIONAL RED & WHITE SHOW – WORLD DAIRY EXPO 2014
Every year it seems like the Red & White show at World Dairy Expo is never short of a story line. Last year it was the domination of Apple. This year it was the great Seisme vs Apple competition. (Read more: INTERNATIONAL RED & WHITE SHOW – WORLD DAIRY EXPO 2014)
7. FANTASY EXHIBITOR© – WORLD DAIRY EXPO 2014
In its sophomore season the Fantasy Exhibitor contest added more excitement and much more discussion to the 2014 Tanbark season. (Read more: FANTASY EXHIBITOR© – WORLD DAIRY EXPO 2014)
6. THE 10 EXTREME TYPE SIRES MOST LIKELY TO SIRE THE NEXT WORLD CHAMPION
For those looking to take a risk, these 10 sires will breed the extremes. They will either hit a home run or miss miserably. Sometimes that is the risk you have to take in order to breed the next great one. (Read more: THE 10 EXTREME TYPE SIRES MOST LIKELY TO SIRE THE NEXT WORLD CHAMPION)
5. 12 LESSONS YOU CAN ONLY LEARN FROM GROWING UP ON A DAIRY FARM
Growing up on a dairy farm is certainly one of the most rewarding experiences anyone could ever have. Here are just a few of the many lessons you can learn growing up on a dairy farm. (Read more: 12 LESSONS YOU CAN ONLY LEARN FROM GROWING UP ON A DAIRY FARM)
4. ROYAL WINTER FAIR HOLSTEIN SHOW 2014
Always one of the top shows in the world, it’s not surprising that The Royal comes near the top of our list. This year’s show was a showcase for some of the greatest cattle in the world, with Hailey taking that next step to securing her spot as one of the greatest in history. (Read more: ROYAL WINTER FAIR HOLSTEIN SHOW 2014)
3. SAVE FRANK & MARJORIE MEYERS’ FARM – THE ARMY IS AT THE GATE & THIS FARMERS NUMBER IS UP!
How would you react if you woke up tomorrow morning to find that an eviction sign had been posted on your farm and you and your family had a deadline to remove yourselves and your goods? What if the expropriation was being carried out by no less than the army and your legal rights amounted to absolutely zero? (Read more: SAVE FRANK & MARJORIE MEYERS FARM – THE ARMY IS AT THE GATE & THIS FARMERS NUMBER IS UP!)
2. INTERNATIONAL HOLSTEIN SHOW – WORLD DAIRY EXPO 2014
There is no question that the Holstein Show at World Dairy Expo is one of the highlights every year. This year the popularity of the show hit such levels that we had over 20,000 people ping our server in under a 1 minute span. That crashed our server momentarily. The excitement from the show ring was just that hot. (Read more: INTERNATIONAL HOLSTEIN SHOW – WORLD DAIRY EXPO 2014)
1. WHY THE DAIRY COMMUNITY IS THE GREATEST IN THE WORLD….
Imagine this….You wake up in the wee hours of the night to smell smoke. You discover that your house is on fire. And your grandchild is trapped in her bedroom with no way to escape. What would you do? This is exactly the scenario Patricia Stiles faced. This tragedy has gripped the dairy industry and helped prove why the dairy community is the greatest in the world. (Read more: WHY THE DAIRY COMMUNITY IS THE GREATEST IN THE WORLD…)
The Bullvine Bottom Line
2014 was certainly a great year. Just like the show at World Dairy Expo you wonder if the next year will be able to top the previous year. It always does. The same can be said here at the Bullvine. We’re always looking for new stories and things to do to make the next one better than the last. Watch for even greater things planned for The Bullvine in 2015.