Dairy Practices

Vander Haak Dairy Wins Renewable Energy Award

Vander Haak Dairy in Lynden, WA Wins U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award for Outstanding Achievement in Renewable Energy
Every day, Washington dairy farmers are exploring and implementing ways to be good stewards of their land, and others around the nation have begun to notice. For the fourth time since the U.S. Dairy Sustainability program began in 2012, a Washington state dairy farm has won a U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award. This year, Vander Haak Dairy in Lynden, Washington, won the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Renewable Energy."
 
Sustainability is key
 

Fight Hunger During Dairy Month

NW Farmers Fighting Hunger Kickoff Event in Olympia, WA
We celebrate dairy all year round because it’s our job, and because it’s our passion. But we always look forward to June when everyone else gets to celebrate with us for National Dairy Month. It’s a time to enjoy two scoops of ice cream instead of one, add a splash of creamer to our black coffee, sink our teeth into an extra cheesy pizza, and top all our berries with real whipped cream. It’s also a time to recognize the hard work and dedication Washington dairy farmers put in every single day to care for their cows and bring us farm fresh dairy products. 
 

Dairy's Role in Feeding America

Milk feeds hungry families at food banks across America
 
As dairy farmers, food is our life. And as the providers of food, you may think hunger is something we rarely think about. But it’s just the opposite. While hunger is often overlooked off the farm, it’s on our minds a lot. We know that with 1 in 6 Americans struggling with hunger every day, we are surrounded by it – our friends, our neighbors and other people we wouldn’t even expect.

What goes into a glass of milk?

Dairy Farmers of Washington work hard to provide a quality productIt’s dinner time yet again, and you pull the milk jug out of the fridge to pour each family member a tall glass of farm-fresh milk. It's a nightly tradition you cherish and overlook all at once. Across town and across the state, countless families are doing the same thing -- sharing a meal made a little more perfect with milk. Milk helps create special moments like these every day.

A Very Dairy Holiday

Tony and Brenda Veiga of J & K Dairy in Sunnyside, WA
 
From school to school, Tony and Brenda Veiga of Sunnyside, Washington, spend cold December days picking up food donations for St. Joseph’s Food Bank. And while Brenda volunteers at the food bank every Thursday year round, this is just one way the co-owners of J & K Dairy go above and beyond to give back to their community during the holidays. 
 

Using Robotics to Be a Better Farmer

DeLaval Milking Robotics Help Austin Dairy Farm in Oakville, Washington

Robots. They rove the red sands of Mars and threaten to take over the world in science fiction movies. But in Oakville, Washington, robots are doing something much different. Just 90 miles south of Seattle, the robots on the Austin family's dairy farm are making life a whole lot better for cows and for the farmers.  

Handcrafted Dairy Products from Edaleen Dairy

Edaleen Dairy Premium Ice Cream

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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