Tweets from the farm

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It’s about as close as you can come to seeing tweets from a cow.

© (Screen shot/The Telegram) The Twitter account Newfoundland and Labrador Young Farmer of the Week allows a different farmer to bring the consumer into their outfit through social media.
© (Screen shot/The Telegram) The Twitter account Newfoundland and Labrador Young Farmer of the Week allows a different farmer to bring the consumer into their outfit through social media.
The Twitter account for the Newfoundland and Labrador Young Farmer of the Week is one way the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture is hoping to build interest in the Newfoundland and Labrador Young Farmers Forum, and stimulate more young people to chose a career in agribusiness.

It’s also a way for the consumer to see just how things are done at local farms across the province.

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Each week a different young farmer hosts the Twitter account and with photos and tweets that illustrate how their operation works.

Last week (May 25), David Simmons of Pure Holsteins was manning the Twitter account and using social media to bring the public into his dairy cow outfit.

“It’s keeping young people involved and getting them involved and sparking their curiosity to get involved, but also we’re informing the consumer of how we do everything, too,” Simmons told The Telegram.

Simmons, for example, was putting pictures of his cows up all week, explaining different parts of his dairy operation and ensuring that people could see how his animals are treated. One tweet said: “We care & take great pride in our ladies health and comfort. Thus we have heavy rubber on floors for where they walk.”

An accompanying photo showed where the cows live.

Another tweet stated, “We have 9 Lely apps on our phones to control & monitor all cows health and production and robots maintenance.”

While these messages may seem pretty basic, they generate conversations between other farmers and the public through Twitter. Simmons also opened the social media floor to questions about dairy farming.

“The consumer is the number one priority in any agribusiness,” he said.

The weekly host of the account is either somebody who owns an agribusiness or is an employee of an agribusiness.

“It gives the public good perception, of not only agriculture, but how a young farmer gets into agriculture,” says Simmons.

The account can be followed @NLYFF

(Editor’s Note: This week’s (June 5) farmer is Chris Oram a vegetable farmer with an on-site market in the central part of the province.)

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