May 30, 2017

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. 

May 23, 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.

May 12, 2017

Celebrate Mother’s Day with these berry delicious Lemon Berry Cheesecake Muffins. These little muffins are perfect for brunch or an afternoon snack!

Cheesecake Topping:

  • 1 – 8oz. package cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Muffin Batter:

May 5, 2017

In some ways, José Torres is like thousands of other dairy farmers across the United States- he’s hard-working, puts his cows’ needs before his own, and lays awake at night wondering if he’s making the right decisions. But in other ways, Torres couldn’t be more unique.

Torres, a 1st generation dairy farmer in Elma, Washington didn’t grow up on a dairy or even in the U.S.

May 5, 2017

May 5- Milk Builds Strong Schools Assembly at Northgate Elementary

May 4, 2017

My 4-H career began as a cow-obsessed 8 year old when I joined Hoofs n’ Paws 4-H club. I showed a little Jersey heifer my first year from a local dairy. I was ecstatic.

A spring dairy show in May was the very first time I was in the show ring. I don’t remember how I placed but I do remember my excitement was at an all-time high – I couldn’t focus at all so I tried to soak it all in the best I could.

May 3, 2017

Yakima Valley is no stranger to hop farms. In fact, about 75% of the total U.S. hop acreage is located in the Yakima Valley.  Another huge contributor to the agriculture community sits in between all these acres of hops -dairies. Although these two commodities are unrelated, they have one challenge in common -managing by-products. Together they have found ways to maintain more sustainable and efficient practices on their farms.


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