At Merry Water Farms in Wisconsin, the milk from their 1,300 cows is delivered to Grande Cheese, combined with milk from other local farms and made into mozzarella cheese for pizza stores all over the country. Vets On Call follows Dr. Tom Strause on his weekly appointment at the farm, checking the health of animals in the herd and ultrasounding cows to check for pregnancies.
"My role is to ensure the animals are comfortable and happy," he says. His client is the York family. Keith York's great-great-great grandfather started farming in 1851, making Keith a sixth-generation family farmer. "We average 1,500 calves born per year," Keith says as he assists a mom giving birth. "No matter how many you see, it's always a miracle."
"I'm proud of our industry," says Dr. Strause, "We work hard to put a quality product on the plate. We have the safest food supply in the US than anywhere in the world. We take great pride in what we do."
At the end of the day Dr. Strause returns to his own family farm, 106 acres that he manages with his wife and four kids. "It's a responsibility I want my kids to learn," he explains. "Me and my wife were raised on farms, we learned valuable life lessons. We want to teach our kids the same."
Veterinarians On Call is presented by Zoetis. The series features vets on the job and their clients across the U.S. who volunteered to be filmed.
Those appearing were not compensated to participate and the opinions expressed are theirs.