August 1, 2017

For a state with a usually mild and comfortable climate, Washington is welcoming August with the complete opposite- an extreme heat wave. Temperatures like this can cause added stress for the people, but also other important residents…dairy cows.

Washington is home to more than 275,000 dairy cows who are most content and productive in temperatures ranging from 40-70° Fahrenheit (F), which on a normal day makes the Pacific Northwest the perfect place for them to live.  But, warm days cause the cows to feel lethargic and downright uncomfortable.

July 21, 2017

Jim Werkhoven of Monroe, WA and Lana Smaciarz of Raymond, WA were recently elected to serve on the Dairy Farmers of Washington (DFW) board.

Werkhoven, with his brother, milks 1,300 cows on their farm which is about 30 miles northeast of Seattle. Werkhoven’s participation on various dairy organization boards such as, Darigold, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, and National Milk Producers Federation have given him a wealth of knowledge and understanding of many aspects of dairy. With that experience, his first order of business on the DFW Board is simple—to listen.

July 21, 2017

To say that there are a lot of myths about lactose intolerance would be a serious understatement. You’ve been hearing it all over the news, the media, and from your friends and family members ‘I’m gluten-free,’ ‘I think I have celiacs,’ ‘I’m cutting carbs and dairy,’ ‘I’m lactose-free,’ or our personal favorite ‘I’m lactose,’ as if you can just become a dairy sugar.  

July 18, 2017

Welcome to our blog series, Dairying: Through a Woman’s Eyes. This series will highlight women who are actively owning or operating dairy farms around our great state of Washington.

July 10, 2017

Recently, McDonald’s team members made the drive 50 miles north of Seattle to Natural Milk Dairy in Stanwood, Washington.  McDonalds employees were eager to see the farm in action, but were most interested in seeing where their milk and Frappe mix comes from! 

June 30, 2017

Edaleen Dairy in northern Whatcom County has been cranking out quality dairy products for their community since 1975. While products and techniques have changed on the farm, the hard work ethic and diligence of the Brandsma Family behind the dairy has stayed the same.

June 29, 2017

July 9-12- School Nutrition Annual Meeting

The School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference will be held July 9-12, 2017 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. This dynamic conference will draw more than 6,000 attendees from school nutrition, industry and allied organizations. Over 100 workshops will be offered along with an exhibit hall which will display cutting edge food, beverage, supply, equipment and service solutions.


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