Cow Appreciation Day

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We celebrated my Guernsey, JoJo, as the King County Fair Royal Critter back in 2007.

By Kimmi Devaney

To say I love dairy cows is a huge understatement. So many of my favorite memories involve showing my cows at the fair, working at the dairy and hanging out at the farm. There’s something very relaxing about watching the sun come up while cleaning out stalls or moving cows into the parlor for milking.

Did you know that yesterday was Cow Appreciation Day?! Since I now live off the farm, I can’t just go outside and give my favorite cow a big hug, but we can celebrate in other ways. It can be as simple as pausing for a moment to think about cows and all they do for us, our economy and our community.

Dairy cows not only provide jobs for dairy farmers and their employees, but they also provide quality nutrition for consumers. The dairy cow is also responsible for providing you and your family with wholesome, nutritious (and delicious!) dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt. Milk provides nine essential nutrients—including calcium, vitamin D and protein—that healthy bodies need every day.

When dairies do business with other vendors, it creates and maintains jobs for others in the community. Dairy farmers care about the environment and the well being of their cows, neighbors and their family. After all, many hope to pass the farm down to the next generation and this requires preserving natural resources today. Dairy cows also must be well taken care of. Many dairies use fans, misters and other devices to ensure their cows stay as comfortable as possible. Some dairies also use sand bedding, mattresses or waterbeds. Comfortable cows are not only productive cows, but happy cows too.

Take a moment today to celebrate with an ice cold glass or milk, grilled cheese sandwich (pepper jack is my favorite) or a protein-packed Greek yogurt. And don’t forget to thank a dairy cow!

Join us as we celebrate the Year of Dairy Cows at the Indiana State Fair August 3-19! Take a look at modern dairy farming, learn about the nine essential nutrients milk provides, enjoy your favorite dairy treats from the Dairy Bar and much more. We hope to see you there!

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