What started out as a small family business in 1975 has grown into one of Washington’s most successful dairy operations. Ed and Aileen Brandsma founded their namesake business, Edaleen Dairy, with just a few Holstein milking cows and their nose-to-the-grindstone, Dutch work ethic. Today, the dairy employs more than 80 workers, and the herd has expanded to more than 2,500 Holsteins.
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To provide the highest quality product, the Dairy Farmers of Washington work hard to bring fresh milk from the farm to your fridge. It takes just 48 hours for milk to travel from the milking parlor to your local grocery store. Sometimes farm fresh milk is available for sale in stores the very next day. Learn more about milk's journey from farm to fridge...
Cow manure has long been thought of as a waste product. See how the Dairy Farmers of Washington are transforming manure into other valuable products through the composting process.
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.”
Last month we celebrated National Dairy Month by posting some fun facts about the dairy industry. The post sparked some great conversation over on Twitter, but one fact stood out and built quite the buzz: In 2008, the average Washington cow produced 14.5% more milk than the average U.S. cow. So, what makes our cows so productive? For those who are curious, we wanted to expand on our initial 140 character answer here on the blog.
In December 2009, America’s dairy industry concluded a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) that provides dairy farmers and their representative organizations with access to funding for innovative projects that will enhance the sustainability of dairy farms across the nation. USDA has indicated that $130 million in federal funding for these purposes will be made available during 2010-13.
It's a well-known industry fact that if you treat your cows with the utmost care and respect, they will reward you with the best milk possible. However, recently released videotapes aim to suggest that dairy farmers would rather abuse their animals than treat them well. While this claim is completely false and offensive to dairy farmers, it is clear that the videos are perpetrated by one or two sick individuals, not the dairy farmers, their families or other employees. Further proof of this fact can be found in last week's decision by a grand jury to not charge a central Ohio dairy farmer with animal abuse. Read on to learn the real story behind the video....