What is the name of your farm?
Our farm name is Mesman Farm.
When was your farm established and what generation is currently in the farm?
Our farm was established in 1905 on Whidbey Island and moved to its current location, near LaConner, WA in 1942. My husband, Ben, and I are the fifth generation on the farm.
How many cows do you milk and what breed?
We are currently milking 105 cows on 2 Delaval VMS robots. We have a variety of breeds and cross breeds including: Holstein, Jersey, Milking Shorthorn and Normande.
Why do you Farm?
My husband and I have grown up and lived on a dairy farm our entire lives, and has become who we are. We want to continue what generations before us have established and pass it on to future generations. At the end of the day we love what we do and we love being out with the ‘girls’ every day and taking care of them.
What is one thing you wish consumers knew about you, your farm and/or dairy farming in general?
I want them to know that we do our best every single day to give them the best products out there. It is safe and wholesome and that cannot be achieved without care for our cows. And if anyone had questions or concerns, to ask a farmer
What is the biggest concern you might have in regards to the future of dairy farming?
Our biggest concern we have for the future of dairy farming is being able to continue to dairy farm. A lot of dairy farms have been going out of business and we hope is that our farm, especially, will be around for the next generation.
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