This is a sponsored post all opinions are my own.
A few months ago I received an invitation to go visit a local diary farm in Washington. I’m not really a farm girl but I was really interested in the invitation because I love learning about local things. I think it’s really important to teach my children about where food comes from and where we live in the Pacific Northwest we have really great farms all around us. So I accepted the invitation and just few weeks ago I got to visit the farm and make new friends.
….Adorable black and white friends with four legs….
I spent the day at Werkhoven Dairy learning all about cows and how Washington Dairy is making a different in our state. For now we’re going to focus on the cow, but in another post coming up soon we’ll chat about all the different things the Diary Farms in Washington are doing to become self sufficient while also helping out the community in many amazing ways.
So you would never guess this but cows are shy creatures. When they are staring at you, they are trying to decide if they can trust you. They love affection and nuzzle each other a lot but they won’t let a stranger pet them. The farmers said it takes a long time for a cow to be ready for that. They also said that cows develop quite the personality. On the farm there is the queen cow that has her place and will push all the other cows out of her way to get her spot; it’s a pecking order.
Cows like to be milked often and when I think about it, it makes sense. Having been a mom who breastfed one of her children when it’s time to feed that child it is time. You are full and it needs to come out for your own comfort. It’s the same for cows. Cows produce milk after they give birth, not before. You can’t just go out and get a cow and think you’re going to have milk. And One Washington Dairy cow and produce enough milk to make 9,000 gallons of ice cream, 144 8 ounce glasses of milk every day (that’s almost 13,000 grams of protein and enough Vitamin D to maintain good health”.
Cows don’t like to eat their veggies either. The farmers strive to give them a very healthy diet and the cows try to pick out the good stuff, and to them the good stuff is the corn. They would rather eat the corn than the other stuff that they need. The farmers have this very specific mix as their food and they watch closely to see that they are eating it all.
Cows only make good milk when they are comfortable and happy. Washington Dairy farm families take pride in taking care of cows. They want them to be comfortable and what looks like it might be uncomfortable to us isn’t to the cow. Dairy cows are more than farm animals. To Washington dairy farmers, cows are the starting point for an entire way of life. The success or failure of every dairy farm depends upon the good health and contentedness of its cows.
The farmers really do watch and see if the cows need more room, or if it’s hot like it has been they install fans. Everything I heard from this farming family made me believe they really do take care of these cows.
Sometimes I feel like pictures and my words aren’t enough to make others believe it. Well go visit a farm and find out for yourself. They are happy to teach others how much work and love goes into farm life.
Washington dairy cows are a key ingredient in our state’s sustainable future. They’re the ultimate recyclers, turning inedible human food waste into compost—a valuable and renewable resource that powers our homes, fuels our farms, and fertilizes Washington’s top crops. And that’s what I’m going to focus on more in the next post. IT’S AMAZING STUFF!
You can learn more about Washington dairy farms at www.akeyingredient.com…