Generations of the California Dairy Industry – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Joey Airoso is a fourth-generation California dairyman, his son, Joseph is the fifth, and his grandchildren could be the sixth. His great grandfather, Charles, emigrated from the Azores to the San Joaquin Valley in 1912. Charles had been a dairyman in the islands of Portugal, but moved his family to the US, to live the […]

Western Classic Dairy Show in its Sixth Year

The Western Classic Junior Dairy Show began in 2012 and has been held annually every year since at the Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford. It is a junior-only dairy cattle show, allowing youth ages 5-21 to participate. In late 2011, due to tough economic times and decreased funding from the State of California, the Great Western […]

The Art of Showing Dairy Cattle

To show dairy cattle it takes patience, practice, and hard work. It starts by finding or breeding the most ideal show cow or heifer, based off a nationally used scorecard. For milk cows, the breakdown is: Frame 15%, Dairy Strength 25%, Rear Feet and Legs 20%, Udder 40%. The judge places the class of cows […]

Strathmore Steps Up Ornamental Horticulture

Strathmore’s Ag Department has growing Floral and Ornamental Horticulture (OH) departments. We are currently in the process of building three 40 x 60-foot greenhouses, an aquaponics unit, and our 40-foot long CropBox. We are hoping to have all of the buildings up and running in the next few months on the 12 acres of land, […]

Lemoore FFA Raises Puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind

As an FFA SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience project) Lemoore FFA students receive 8-10 week old Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers or Lab/Golden crosses, raise and socialize them for 14-16 months. The pups are bred and whelped at the Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc. campus in San Rafael, California. Pups are brought to the FFA members […]

Monache’s Farm Seeing Many Improvements

Over the past couple years at Monache (High School), we are proud of the growth and expansion of our school farm. The farm has come to support a swine breeding enterprise, vegetable plot, and a poultry egg layer enterprise, additions to the swine facility, as well a new sheep building to house market lambs for […]

FFA Chapters Plan a Variety of Activities for National FFA Week

There will be a lot of cows kissed, and Western-themed clothes worn around the South Valley during FFA Week, February 20-25. Together, Tulare and Kings Counties have 23 FFA chapters. The Valley Voice reached out to the advisors of all chapters for their input as to their FFA chapter and what they would be doing […]

32nd TCFB Youth Leadership Program Underway

The newest class of the Tulare County Farm Bureau’s Youth Leadership Program was seated in September, and has 25 young adults from throughout the county. The TCFB’s Youth Leadership Program began in 1983 as a unique opportunity for high school students to develop their leadership skills. Since its inception, the program has trained 605 students. […]