The United Diary Industry of Michigan provided me with a farm tour and thank you gifts for sharing this information with you and will fulfill the winner’s prize.
I’ve taken my kids to Dairy Discovery at Swiss Lane farms many, many times. It’s an amazing opportunity for them to get up close and personal with an actual cow.
But before a few weeks ago; I had never gone by myself. And that’s probably legit; I mean – what would a grown up do there? Well, for one a grown up could feed a baby cow with a giant baby bottle and not have to let their kids do it.
Or eat a fancy panini lunch.
Or go on a hayride.
Or check out the latest in milking technology; an automated milker the cows can visit whenever they feel like it because they get a special, healthy snack when they go. I laughed so hard when Annie Link, the calf manager and event organizer told us that one cow loved the treats so much she visited the milker 24 times in one day. They had to dial back a little on her treats; but I totally identified with her. I like a good treat myself. I AM WITH YOU, TREAT-LOVING COW!
Or talk about CAFOs. (The needle screeches across the record… WHAT?!)
Yeah I said it. CAFOs. The image in my mind was of sick, miserable animals being fed sawdust. You too? Even though I had been to Dairy Discovery several times I never thought of it as a CAFO. But this fourth generation, constantly innovating, public educating dairy farm is exactly that. A Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation. And you know what? These cows aren’t grass-fed like the title of this post implies. I know that bothers some people and personally, I prefer to eat meat from grass fed cows but these are dairy cows. They are fed with a special mix of food that keeps them (and their milk) healthy. If you take a multi-vitamin and try to eat a balanced diet; you’ll understand.
If part of your healthy diet includes cheese, you may be a fan of my little friend, the panini maker. It is what makes grilled cheese an actual dinner instead of a lunch pretending to be something it’s not. Pair it with a cookbook about amazing sandwiches and you are ON FIRE, my friend. As luck and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan would have it – I am actually giving away both a Cuisinart Panini Maker, a cookbook, a cooler bag, and an apron! You can enter below – good luck!
Enter here. Good luck!