Animal Welfare on Our Family Dairy Farm

Gone are the days where you could just go about your day doing what is best for your family. Now every time you jump online you have everyone telling you what you are doing is wrong. It’s so easy to write an article and magically become an expert on a subject you really know nothing about for the simple fact that it sounds compelling. So let me do you a favor, let me tell you why you shouldn’t stop drinking cow’s milk if you are concerned about the welfare of dairy cows with science, facts and first hand experience as a dairy farmer. At the end, you can then decide if milk is still a good option or not for your family.

Dairy cows do have a good life. Vegan extremists are lying to you because they want you to become a vegan. Plain and simple. It’s important to hear both sides before you make an informed decision. Here are some of their claims which I refer to as myths and explain from a dairy farmer’s point of view:

Myth: Cows live in filthy conditions.

”Cows deserve to live in clean living conditions. Even more importantly, it is better for their health. Cows need to have a dry and clean environment to protect them from illnesses like mastitis, a painful inflammation of the mammary gland and udder tissue. We try to help them avoid this at all costs by working hard to make sure our cows have the cleanest environment possible. Our lives revolve around these girls because they do so much for our family. We owe them the best life possible while they are on our farm.”

Read more here on all the steps we take to make sure our cows live in a clean environment. Also important to note that over 90% of the U.S. milk supply comes from farms that are part of the National Dairy FARM Program which is an animal welfare program that our farm is proudly part of. Continue reading Animal Welfare on Our Family Dairy Farm

Farm Feature: Coldstream Farms

What is the name of your farm? 

Coldstream Farms, it was originally Rainey Farms, but the name was changed in 2006 as the farm and family grew.

When was your farm established & what generation is currently on the farm? 

Jeff and Vickie Rainey started farming in the South Fork Valley of Whatcom County in 1978. Right now, we are a second-generation dairy farm with the hope that our kids will someday want to farm as well.

How many cows do you milk & what breed? 

We milk about 1600 cows. We have a mixed herd of Holsteins, Jerseys, and Holstein- Jersey Crosses. Continue reading Farm Feature: Coldstream Farms