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Seven Things You Should Know About Large Dairies

Posted on: March 23rd, 2017

by Arwen McGilvra

Seven Things You Should Know About Large Dairies

By Melinda Petersen, Marion-Clackamas Chapter –

Oregon has 228 family dairy farms, ranging from fewer than 100 cows being milked each day to more than 30,000. Regardless of the size of the farm, there are certain values, standards and management practices that every Oregon dairy farmer has in common.

Oregon has 228 family dairy farms, ranging from fewer than 100 cows being milked each day to more than 30,000. It’s a misperception that larger farms are somehow not as good for the animals, environment, employees or community. Farm size does not determine farm quality. Here are seven things you should know about large dairy farms:

  1. They are good stewards of the air, land and water. No matter how many cows they milk, farmers care for their land and their natural resources. It’s important to them to do the right thing and be good neighbors and members of the community and they take the initiative to do so by voluntarily implementing best management practices on their own.
  1. Their cows are well cared for. Dairy farmers’ commitment to providing high quality milk begins with taking good care of their cows. On farms of all sizes, farmers work with nutritionists and veterinarians to provide a nutritious diet, great medical care and healthy living conditions. Cow comfort is key to a farmer’s livelihood.
  1. They follow the rules. Large farms must meet state and federal standards, and they face the same kinds of regulations and oversight as smaller farms. They have regular inspections of their operations to check for and ensure compliance.Dairy is one of the most regulated industries in the U.S.
  1. On dairy farms, sustainability is not just a buzzword.Sustainability is not just a buzzword. Farmers are innovating and working toward a sustainable future. They are increasingly working smarter with robotics, automated feeders, methane digesters, precision agriculture, solar panels and beneficial use of waste to increase efficiency and reduce impacts. Large scale farms allow optimal use of scarce resources such as water, energy and land.
  1. Food safety starts at the farm. Milk is one of the most tested and regulated food products, and all farmers employ rigorous standards, practices and procedures to ensure that it is kept pure, cold and safe. Farmers are held personally responsible for the quality of the milk that comes from their farms.
  1. Oregon dairies are family owned. Even the largest Oregon dairies are family owned. Dairy farmers take great pride in their work, and they want to continue working on the same land so they can continue providing the nutritious food that we enjoy and depend on. It is their legacy.
  1. They coexist alongside smaller farms. Large farms support smaller farmers and vice versa. Not all farms produce milk for the same processors or the same dairy products or the same consumer markets. There is room for farms of all sizes and types – organic and conventional – to thrive.

Melinda Petersen, Marion-Clackamas Chapter of Oregon Women for AgricultureI grew up on a small dairy here in Oregon, and now I work for the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council. I have personally visited 46 dairies – large, small, organic and conventional – across 15 counties in Oregon. This includes two visits to Threemile Canyon Farms, Oregon’s largest dairy. The farm is an impeccable operation boasting socially responsible and environmentally sound business practices, exceeding industry standards. In a recent third party evaluation, the dairy scored 100% for cow care.

The farm has many longtime employees, supports the local community and contributes generously to Farmers Ending Hunger and the Oregon Food Bank. I would encourage you to visit their website to learn more.

I am glad to answer your questions or provide additional information about the dairy industry any time. Call me at 971-673-2732 or email me.

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Oregon Women For Ag Truck Wraps

Posted on: May 12th, 2016

by Shelly Boshart Davis

OWA has expanded their agricultural awareness projects to include vehicle based media! OWA’s signature billboard “Almost Everything Starts on a Farm or Ranch” is now available as a “truck wrap” available for semi tankers, van box trailers and grain trailers traveling major highways and interstates.  According to public purpose statistics about 1 trillion people travel the American interstate annually and in America 72% of consumers know nothing about where their food comes from.

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Members of the OWA truck wrap project are helping connect the transportation and agricultural industries with American consumers through a visual and mobile educational display. Each truck wrap includes the OWA logo, website, Facebook and Twitter icons. The social media ties allow consumers to use #StartsWithAg to connect on social media and in turn promote agricultural awareness.

How can you get involved?

Complete an OWA Truck Wrap Application and submit to OWA. This will initiate the process of creating the wrap specific for your trailer’s dimensions and establishing a final cost for your wrap. OWA prefers wrap placement on the rear of the truck for convenience and to provide the most effective display.

What does it cost?

The price of each wrap varies depending on the trailer type, graphic dimensions and color. Cost per truck can range from $600-$1000. Limited funds are available each year from OWA for this project. Priority for funding is given to trucks driven along major metropolitan areas and trucks that are driven year round or through multiple seasons. Applications are due June 1st, 2016, and an OWA member will contact you to talk about actual cost before finalizing any arrangement.

Where do I get my wrap?

Wraps are applied by VanDyke Sign makers in Tangent, Oregon. Trailers must be taken to Tangent for application, and possibly for measuring. OWA hopes to have more locations for application available throughout Oregon in the future.

More Questions? 

Contact: Shelly Boshart Davis

OWA Truck Wrap Application Pic

OWA Auction

Posted on: April 16th, 2016

by Marie Bowers

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Our 29th annual fundraiser themed “Oregon Agriculture A to Z”. Please mark your calendars now so you can join us at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center in Albany, Oregon. Over 1000 people helped celebrate in 2015; we would love to see you
there in 2016!


RIFLE RAFFLE – Purchase Tickets today!

Posted on: March 20th, 2016

by Marie Bowers

Only 200 tickets available for this Henry Golden Boy Silver series, .17,  engraving “American Farmers Feeding the World”! Drawing will be held at our annual Oregon Women for Agriculture Dinner and Auction on April 16th at the Linn County Fairgrounds!

Email or Call Sarah Halagean for more details or purchase tickets!

Scope mounts. No scope.

2016 Gun Raffle

Accepting 2016 Auction Donations

Posted on: October 30th, 2015

by Marie Bowers

On Saturday, April 16th, 2016, Oregon Women for Agriculture will be hosting our 29th annual fundraiser themed “Oregon Agriculture A to Z”.

OWA is currently accepting auction donations. Download a donation form or contact Emily Duerst with donation information.

To learn more visit our 2016 Auction page!

2016 OWA Auction Letter

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