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Moms and the need for Dairy innovation

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I’m a dairy farmer. I’m a mom of 3. I am very busy and always on the go. Meals are usually while I am on the road. From snack size cheese, protein bars, or dairy based coffee beverages, it’s what gets me through the day. My biggest challenge is finding dairy based products that are higher in protein and lower in sugar. Anyone who has been paying attention to consumer trends knows this is the trend. So I ask dairy processors, please innovate. Please look at the trend of higher protein and lower sugar. I am blessed I have a few options available for me to purchase in my small town. But, more options are always appreciated.

Soccer and Chocolate Milk

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My daughter is a serious soccer player. Most serious athletes have a favorite recovery drink. I’m happy to say my daughter has never liked the traditional “go to” recovery drinks. Thankfully science has provided great proof that chocolate milk is an excellent choice. Many colleges and schools are using chocolate milk as the preferred sports recovery drink. As we enter the championship season of high school soccer, I wanted to take this opportunity to encourage other serious athletes and parents to use chocolate milk as their beverage of choice.

Autism and Labor Issues

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Homework station in the milking parlor.

I am sure you are wondering what is the relationship between Autism and Labor Issues? We are currently experiencing the “lack” of a reliable employee on our farm. Yes, we had a millennial age employee decide to just not show up for work. To be honest, we were given a heads up when she posted on her Facebook page that she was looking for a new job. So what does this have to do with our son with autism?

Our son is having some major problems with missing assignments (more than my fingers and toes). So while we need to milk the cows, we must also balance trying to get caught up in school and completing missing assignments. It is tough trying to balance both issues. I am doing my best and hope while getting the cows milked 3 nights a week I can also help my son develop a system to stay on top of homework and successfully navigate his way through Sophomore year.

Why a Family Farm?

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A Family Farm is where the entire family works together, plays together, and makes a life together.

The Family Farm

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A little “Swiss” humor this morning

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In Memoriam

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Just a week ago today, the dairy community lost an amazing young lady and her father to a tragic car accident.  I have been trying to make sense of this accident ~ I just can not. Instead, I can do my best to help Anna’s mom and sister Kara do the best they can to move on and create a new “normal” as a result of this tragedy.  I have attached the Go Fund Me page that helps accomplish this.  If at all possible, please donate to this amazing family in Anna’s memory.

https://www.gofundme.com/memoriam-for-mike-and-anna-teachman

                         
 

The Washington State Dairy Women are heartbroken about the sudden loss of Anna Teachman and her father, Michael in a tragic car accident.   Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, especially Lori and Kara, friends, and the dairy community during this difficult time.  Anna, our 2017-2018 Washington State Dairy Ambassador was a wonderful representative of the dairy community and we are so blessed to have had this beautiful ray of light in our lives.  We will miss her greatly.  If you would like support the Teachman family, please go to the Dairy Farmers of Washington Facebook page or wadairy.org for more information on the GoFundMe account.   If you would like to send your condolences by mail, the address is:  Lori Teachman, c/o Washington State Dairy Women, PO Box 354, Silvana, WA  98287. 

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