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Dairy Farmers of Washington Welcome Two New Board Members

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.


Upcoming Events- July

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.


Washington Dairy Community has Positive Effect on Jobs and Economy

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.  


National Holstein Convention Brings Cows to Bellevue

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.


Herd Health Plans Essential for Animal Care

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!”


Upcoming Events- June

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.


Technology Benefits Cows, Planet, and Milk Quality

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. 



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