This month we had the opportunity to travel to South Africa for the International Dairy Federation World Dairy Summit in Cape Town. Karen presented her Master’s thesis findings from Inner Mongolia relating to small landholders and their struggle to become involved in the dairy industry. The socioeconomic challenges between large, vertically integrated dairy production units and the smaller operator continue to unfold in Inner Mongolia. There are many similarities around the world surrounding this issue, and many countries continue to grapple with this problem.
After the conference we traveled to Botswana for a safari of unbelievable sights. We saw so many different species of animals and birds. From there we went on to Zimbabwe to Victoria Falls for a view of one of the wonders of the world. We were very enthralled with Africa and met many wonderful people and guides.
Meanwhile back on the farm, all of the corn has come off. Last week we did a flush and got six embryos from Legacy Allen Gwen. Legacy Bolton Generous had four that we transferred. With the crisp weather and flurries we’ve had over the last week, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here. December calendars seem to fill up quickly, so we went out for our Christmas dinner with Shane and Janet last weekend.
Wishing you a very merry Christmas, and all the best for 2013!
Karen & Steve