Food Bullying Podcast

How now, brown cow? Why a dairy farmer talks to his cows: Episode 29


Are dairy farmers crazy? Maybe, but it’s because they always put their cows first. It’s National Agriculture Month and we are bringing you a featured farmer (#featuredfarmer) each week.  Derrick Josi, an Oregon dairy farmer and founder of TDF Honest Farming, encourages farmers to bridge the gap with consumers – and understand the divide goes both ways.

He talks about his little brown cows, while Michele jokingly accuses him of being a cow racist, and they discuss beautiful udders while Eliz cringes.  Derrick shares the mental health impact of bullying by activists, how he actually cares for cows, and the work that goes into producing healthy milk.

Key points

  • Putting animal welfare and farming documentaries in context by understanding the “why” of farming practices.
  • Generational disconnect between consumers and farmers – the gap works both ways.
  • Differences in breeds of dairy cattle and personal preferences.
  • Why do dairy farmers share pictures of cow’s udders?
  • Why Derrick talks to his cows about hot topics and lets them kiss the camera.
  • Impacts of food bullying on farmers and the extreme messages sent by anti-dairy activists. It can cause mental issues in farming.
  • Cows should be in barns – and why.
  • Staying grounded in spite of online commentary; stop focusing on the minority of people who are not nice and pay attention to the 99% who are nice.
  • How Derrick handles several hundred private messages/day and personally responds.
  • Tips to overcoming food bullying: nobody’s business what you are eating, food is extremely safe, and eat what you enjoy – don’t let anyone take away the foods you enjoy.

TDF Honest FarmingFabulous quotes

“Some people think I’m crazy when I’m out there lecturing my cows.”

“These animals do not fear me, they trust me, and they are definitely not abused.”

“Food bullying is when someone tries to force their lifestyle on others. I see it happening more and more online.”

“These people (activists) roam the internet in a herd. It is mentally exhausting and you have to step away to take a break.”

“I wish people understood how much time it takes out of my day to do what I do online.”

“I wish they understood the cow comes first. The cattle are our livelihood. Everything evolves around taking care of the cows 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. I am always on call.”

“You kind of have to be crazy to be a dairy farmer.”



  1. Shari Daracunas on March 5, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    I absolutely love his posts. You can tell how much he cares for his cows and he is good at educating the public on what really happens on his farm. His video lecturing the girls about spending to much on mascara had me laughing all day thinking about it. Keep up the good work !!

    • Judy on April 13, 2020 at 10:27 pm

      I love watching his Blogs I grew up on a Dairy Farm (Holsteins) people do not understand the daily chores that go hand in hand with it But I wouldn’t haven’t changed it fir the world taught us good work ethics and do much more He truly does cares for his Beautiful Jersey girls they’re so pretty Keep up the good work And don’t stop being yourself no matter what the activists say More power to the Farmers ❤️♥️

  2. Darlene Etchberger on March 5, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    Love Derrick and his girls. I’ve learned lots from him even though I grew up very country. Would love to see more from wife and kids. He is definately an asset to farm life.

  3. Marlene Ann Malaglowicz on March 5, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    Always enjoy dericks podcasts.

    • S Breidenbach on March 5, 2020 at 7:37 pm

      Love watching and learning from Dericks posts.I also purchase Tillamook cheese products.Wish I could find them all at my stores in Columbus Ohio.

  4. Ellie Meneskie on March 5, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Love his videoes. They’re very informative. I love how he talks to his “Ladies”, and how the cows recognize & follow him around. No way are these beautiful animals are abused in any way..activist need to lighten up, and realize farming is not just a full time job, but this mans life work! His little girl is so precious as seeing her interacting with her Daddy on the farm Thank You fir your daily hard work!

    • Djp on March 6, 2020 at 6:39 pm

      You mean “herd work”?? Lol! We had beef cattle. I talked to them jlike Derrick talks to his cows.

    • Terri Gilbert on March 8, 2020 at 12:33 am

      This man is sharing his life and lifestyle with us. So many misconceptions about farming. Like brown cows give chocolate milk. He is trying to educate and enlighten the public on one of the oldest businesses we have. He is thoughtful, direct and from all I have seen, honest. Sharing his multi generational family farm and his family with us. I hope he continues to share with all of us for a long time.

  5. Valerie Davis on March 5, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    Yep! Definitely appreciate Derricks ongoing commentary! Coming from a One Jersey Cow family farm, where our dairy cow was borderline house pet, I totally “get” his connection with his cows, all 600 + of them!

    • Barbara Castells on March 5, 2020 at 9:41 pm

      Derrick Josi does a great job of explaining the real life and job of a dairy farmer.. He makes me smile and think about what it takes to make a gallon of milk and a cube of cheese and ice cream., And the small amount of money it cost us to enjoy these healthy, safe and delish food! Thanks to all dairy farmers and especially Derrick.

  6. Susan Jackson on March 5, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    I for one are certainly glad you are dairy farmers❤

    • Karen Deason on March 5, 2020 at 7:50 pm

      Great podcast, I will be back. I follow Derrick and the Jerseys on FB, Youtube and instagram.
      I enjoyed the podcast and will visit your page. Have a great day Michele.

  7. Janet on March 5, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    I respect any farmer, it’s not a 9-5 job, it’s a 24/7 job. If it weren’t for farmers, no milk or food to shop for.

  8. Nancy on March 5, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Love Derrick Josi’s Facebook page. Learned some things I did not know about Jersey dairy cows. I donot see any signs of abuse or mistreatment. His Girls and baby calves well taken care of and if you ask me Derrick loves them. He has compassion. He might grip about activists but basically he could care less for what they say. He wants to educate people as what is going on farms. He says most farmers are doing it right and concerned for the environment. Dairy ptoducts give people a source of good nutrition. Thank you Derrick and Jersey Girls.

  9. Shari Gustafson on March 5, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    Best thing on the internet. Love this guy and his family.

    • Addie on March 5, 2020 at 10:54 pm

      Nobody does it better than Derrick!!! Please keep on keeping on, u keep us informed,entertained & amused by each. And every video!!! So glad you are putting yourself out there for others to learn…

  10. Nants on March 5, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Love the interview with Derrick .

    This 67 yr old from the Boston burbs has been enjoying his videos for several months.

    He’s wryly funny & his “girls” are endearing

  11. Phyllis Risdon on March 5, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    You talk to your cows the same exact way I talked to the cows, the sheep, and the horses on the farm when I grew up! And….no secret…I still talk to animals just like that (and I’m OLD now! wink, wink).
    I love your videos!!!

  12. S Breidenbach on March 5, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    Love watching and learning from Dericks posts.I also purchase Tillamook cheese products.Wish I could find them all at my stores in Columbus Ohio.

  13. Louise on March 5, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    Love Derek and his safety meetings with the ladies. cracks me up every time.

  14. Phyllis Catt on March 5, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    What is not to love about this man

  15. Pat on March 5, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    He is awesome!!!!!!

  16. Colleen on March 6, 2020 at 1:12 am

    I look forward to his videos. Very informative and it’s so heartwarming to see how much he truly cares about his girls.

  17. Janine on March 6, 2020 at 1:45 am

    Derrick and his family are wonderful people. They are true public servants and love what they do. I’ve learned so much from his posts and enjoy them daily. Not to mention his terrific sense of humor!

  18. Connie Mercer on March 6, 2020 at 10:38 am

    I love your video’s. And the love you and the cow’s have Thanks for your time

  19. Connie Satterfield on March 6, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    I have Derrick’s FB feed be the first thing I see. I love his uncensored opinions. I love his Jersey Girls. He is a caring & loving family man. I have learned so much about dairy farming. He shares the good bad & indifference about farming. Thanks for having him on your show. He is the real deal.

  20. Chrissy Smith on March 8, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    As a former dairy farmer and Jersey lover, I enjoy seeing Derrick advocate and educate non-farmers on what it means to be a farmer and how connected you become to your “girls”. I miss mine every day, and photograph Jerseys whenever i see them in a field as a reminder of those days. Thank you Derrick for continuing to be the voice for dairy farmers across our land.

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