When it comes to jobs in Washington, you may automatically think of Amazon or Microsoft. Given Washington’s technological reputation, there’s a natural tendency to think about the urban “tech jobs” of Redmond and Seattle. What you may not think about right away is the economic importance of agriculture to the state. We’re not just talking apples, milk is the second leading commodity in the state and is doing wonders for the economy.
Cows are coming to Bellevue June 26 – July 1. You won’t see them at Nordstrom or Kate Spade but – you may see them lounging at the Hyatt – host site for the 2017 National Holstein Convention.
The Washington State Holstein Association, an association of Washington State Holstein Breeders, is eager to host Holstein enthusiasts from around the US. The state association has plans for formal activities for both adults and juniors including Dairy Knowledge exams for Junior attendees and a cow sale on the evening of June 30th.
Roger Blok has had the same nightly ritual for over 40 years. Roger’s wife Jackie says that she can almost set her clock to it.
“At around 9:00 every night, Roger goes out to check on the cows. He walks the barn to see if any of the girls are calving or having any problems,” says Jackie. “He keeps track of the cows he checks by writing down their tag numbers. The other night he forgot to bring a notebook and he remembered all of the cow numbers the next morning from the night before. He joked that he wished he could remember people’s names that well!”
Dairy Month Farmer Photo Contest
To celebrate June Dairy Month, join our month-long social media photo contest. Each week has a different photo challenge (see the graphic below) and if you post it using the #wamilksplash, we might post it onto our Facebook page. Each week we will randomly select a participant to win a DFW prize.
The use of technology on dairy farms is nothing new. From robotic milkers and cow “Fitbit” activity monitors to machines that measure and mix feed and vitamins for cows, almost every corner of the farm has been touched by technology in recent years. All these innovations have a reason why they're implemented on a farm, some are to make a farm more sustainable, cows healthier, and others improve milk quality.
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.
Celebrate Mother’s Day with these berry delicious Lemon Berry Cheesecake Muffins. These little muffins are perfect for brunch or an afternoon snack!
- 1 – 8oz. package cream cheese, softened
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice