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February 20, 2013

Milk and breakfast. They’re such a great couple, aren’t they? You pour milk over
your cereal, wash down a fluffy pancake with a cold glass of moo or add a splash
to your breakfast smoothie and head out the door. Breakfast without milk is like
Harry without Sally or a burger without fries or peanut butter without jelly or ...
you get the point. They’re pretty much inseparable.

February 14, 2013

You may have heard that being lactose intolerant means you can’t eat any dairy foods, ever. This simply isn’t true. In fact, many people who believe they are lactose intolerant unnecessarily eliminate dairy from their diet and miss out on all the nutritional benefits dairy has to offer.

February 12, 2013

Mabton, Wash. - Mid-Columbia Basin dairy farmers have launched Dairy for Life, a program that has committed $60,000 dollars that will put 25,000 gallons of milk into food banks from Yakima to the Tri-Cities over the next 12 months. Second Harvest will be the distributor of this milk into the food bank system.

February 8, 2013
Father and son on tractor Sunnyside dairy farmer Jason Sheehan shows his son Andrew how to operate the tractor’s GPS.

 

February 1, 2013

The Washington State Dept. of Agriculture (WSDA) announced on Jan. 17, 2013, that it had identified a possible case of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in a dairy cow that arrived at a Washington meat packing facility on Jan. 8, 2013.  The animal originated at a dairy farm near Moses Lake, Washington, and was among a number of animals that had been purchased from a dairy near Monroe, Washington, in January 2012.  Since WSDA’s initial announcement on Jan. 17, the following steps have been taken:

December 10, 2012

Manure.  Cows produce a lot of it.  And for a long time, finding something useful to do with it was a challenge.  But technological innovation on Washington’s dairy farms is increasingly turning what some saw as a problem into what many now recognize is an asset that has value – for dairy farmers and the entire community.

September 20, 2012

Russ Davis wants more cow manure.  He’s the president of Organix, a Walla Walla based company, with production facilities in Yakima County that specialize in converting cow manure into compost.

“We look for dairies that like to export their manure,” explained Davis, who works with several Yakima Valley dairies.  “Dairies have their own manure management plans, whether it’s turning manure into cow bedding or using it to fertilize their crops.  So that reduces the availability.”

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