One of the first experiences that I can remember in my life was going out to the barn early in the morning with my grandpa. They had a farm very similar to ours, and apparently grandpa was sizing me up for being a dairy farmer myself because he commented that my enthusiasm for getting up in the morning was was as natural to me as all the other things in life. As a dairy farmer, we follow the rhythms of the cows, so I usually go out and find them in the dark. I rarely take a flashlight because I know the way and a lot of times one or two of ’em will start shuffling towards me and then the rest of ’em will follow. The friendliest ones will want to have their ears scratched a little bit, and there’s usually a slowpoke. My cows are very much the most meaningful part of my farm experience. The thing that I really enjoy about morning milking is that it’s a peaceful space in my life. The pressures of the day are not upon you. That gives me space for reflection. I can spend time praying. I can spend time enjoying the interactions with the animals. And I think there’s an inherent peacefulness about cared for things, like dairy cows, because they are very dependent on me as their caregiver. I’ve pretty much milked cows seven days a week and I’ve come to peace with the fact that my life is intertwined with those of the cows, so I have a deep appreciation for what they do for me. I think the quiet of the morning is the place when we are all at our best, and the cows are also at their best. And so, that renewal of relationship is what I really enjoy about getting up in the morning. I’m Brent Beidler, and I’m proud to be your Organic Valley farmer.