I want to thank you and Dairy Herd Management for the wonderful work that you do in helping our dairy producers manage their complex production systems. Dr. Tom Furhmann is indeed a valued and well respected colleague with vast experience in large dairy herd management and a person that I have a lot of respect for. I know that the article or Tom's input was not meant to be offensive. However, the article can be interpreted as such, particularly those of Latino origin or social scientist that work in the area of cultural diversity which is a very complex topic.
The statements presented in the article are lacking in scientific support/validity and express the opinion of two individuals who may not be well versed in the complexity of ethnic identity. That is, we can be criticized by those that work in this area for providing guidance in an area that is out of our expertise no matter how many years of experience we may have. To begin with, in many dairy related articles the term Hispanic is commonly used which is not considered correct by social scientist whose work is in the area of enculturation of ethnic groups into the American society. According to Carranza (Carranza, S. Address. Hispanics in the United States, Green Bay, Oct. 26, 2000; Garcia-Preto, N. Latino Families: An Overview. In M. McGoldrick, J. Giordano and N. Garcia-Preto (eds.) Ethnicity and Family Therapy. Guilford Press: NY. 2005), Latino defines Americans of Latin American descent and describes Americans with a common bond to Latin America. This term is considered by some to be more correct, when compared to Hispanic or Mexican, because it recognizes an ancestry to the indigenous peoples of this continent. On many dairy farms in the US this is indeed the case as Spanish speaking workers are truly diverse because they originate from countries such as; El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Mexico. These authors comment that when training culturally diverse workers on dairy farms it is important to realize that they originate from different countries. Albeit, they speak Spanish yet have different cultural backgrounds that makes them unique. As such, one should not generalize as all having the same socio-political beliefs. I may have misunderstood your article but the premise that I got is that all Hispanic employees are alike.
Specific comments to statements made in your Dairy Herd Management (DHM).
DHM: Understand that Hispanics, generally speaking, come from countries that tend to be more socialistic than the U.S.