Welcome to Dairy Country Washington USA

Our dairy is special because it comes from a special place. Home to soaring mountains, lush valleys, and majestic evergreens—people love it here. And dairy farmers are no exception. Real people with a passion for wholesome milk, cheese, and butter.

Keep it real. Keep it Washington.

Fresh, local dairy. An iconic part of what makes Washington a special place.

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Meet the Mensonides

Ever wondered what it’s like to raise a family while raising dairy cows?

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Dairy Grown

From dairy farm to classroom. Follow Olivia’s journey through 4-H to becoming a teacher.

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Cows Around Washington

The happier
the cow, the
better the milk.

Fun fact: happy cows produce better tasting milk, and more of it. Fun fact two: Washington’s cows are really, really happy, thanks to dairy farmers who go above and beyond to make sure their farms and facilities are as well taken care of as their cows.

Southeast

Renew. Reuse. Recycle. Moo.

The Yakima Valley region produces more than 75% of the United States hop production. Dairy Cows, the original recyclers, eat the grain leftover from the brewing process as a nutritious source of carbohydrate and protein.

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Northwestern

The grass is greener here. Tastier, too.

Our northwestern counties receive about 36 inches of rain each year, providing enough water to grow lush grasses that our cows love to eat. You would too, if your stomach had four chambers.

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Western

Cows love pedicures too.

Cows are on their feet most of the day. (On their hooves, to be accurate.) And since pedicures help improve cows’ comfort, dairy farmers are more than happy to oblige.

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Eastern

Cows gotta keep their cool.

Out here in the summer, things get pretty hot. That’s why farmers use ventilation and water distribution systems to keep their cows comfortable. We should all be so lucky.

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The happier the cow, the better the milk.

Fun fact: happy cows produce better tasting milk, and more of it. Fun fact two: Washington’s cows are really, really happy, thanks to dairy farmers who go above and beyond to make sure their farms and facilities are as well taken care of as their cows.

Southeast

Renew. Reuse. Recycle. Moo.

The Yakima Valley region produces more than 75% of the United States hop production. Dairy Cows, the original recyclers, eat the grain leftover from the brewing process as a nutritious source of carbohydrate and protein.

Watch video

Northwestern

The grass is greener here. Tastier, too.

Our northwestern counties receive about 36 inches of rain each year, providing enough water to grow lush grasses that our cows love to eat. You would too, if your stomach had four chambers.

Watch video

Western

Cows love pedicures too.

Cows are on their feet most of the day. (On their hooves, to be accurate.) And since pedicures help improve cows’ comfort, dairy farmers are more than happy to oblige.

Watch video

Eastern

Cows gotta keep their cool.

Out here in the summer, things get pretty hot. That’s why farmers use ventilation and water distribution systems to keep their cows comfortable. We should all be so lucky.

Watch video

Real Dairy. Real Impact.

How important is Washington dairy to our local economy?

More than just naturally nutritious and delicious, real Washington dairy is also a big part of our state’s buzzing economy. Just how big an impact are we talking about? See if you can guess.

How many family run dairy farms are there in Washington?

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Spot on. And those 400+ family farms are home to more than 275,000 cows.

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Close, but no milk for you. There are actually more than 400 family run dairy farms are in Washington.

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Washington has 39 counties. How many of them have dairies?

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Nice job! By the way, Whatcom County has 108 dairies, the most in the state. That’s no bull.

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Don’t bet the farm on that answer. In fact, 29 counties in Washington have dairies.

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How many gallons of milk does a Washington dairy cow produce each year?

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Moo dat! And did you know that Washington cows are more productive than cows in all but five other states?

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That’s more like a good week. The correct answer is 2,767. Wow!

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What is the approximate annual impact of dairy foods on Washington’s economy?

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Holy cow, you know your stuff. Good work! Dairy foods constitute the second largest agricultural commodity here, right behind apples.

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You’re just skimming the surface. The correct response: $5.2 billion.

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How many jobs in Washington are fueled by dairy?

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Ding ding ding! Right you are. Real dairy takes real people doing real work, every day. Lots of them.

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That’s a nice round number, but it’s too low. The correct answer is 18,000.

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Powerfully Delicious
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Refuel your muscles with

Chocolate
Milk

Nope, that’s not a typo. Chocolate milk’s natural blend of nutrients (especially, protein and glucose for you science-types) makes it a great choice for refueling muscles after exercise. Get your hands on the original workout drink. It’s just as effective as some of the others and, between us, a heck of a lot tastier.

Protein

If you want to gain more muscle and get more from your workouts, it’s vital that you get enough protein to refuel tired muscles. Strength training breaks down your muscle fibers, and proper nutrition, like taking in enough protein, is the key to unlocking your body’s growth potential. Learn about how much protein you need to eat, how to grab healthy meals on the go, and why eating enough protein can take your workouts to the next level at eatsmart.org.

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Energy

Think of your body like a race car. And like any race car, it needs fuel to run optimally. Carbohydrates are your body’s fuel, and chocolate milk is loaded with carbohydrate energy, coming from chocolate’s sugar and milk’s natural lactose. Its ratio of protein to carbohydrate energy is ideal for restoring energy after a workout. Plus, it keeps working until your next workout. Research shows that milk aids in endurance exercise performance in between workouts.

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Hydration

The average person sweats more than a liter of water and electrolytes during 60 minutes of exercise. Rehydrate after your workout by reaching for a water bottle and some chocolate milk. Drinking milk has been shown to be an excellent way to replace fluid lost during exercise. Plus, milk’s natural electrolytes help keep the body’s fluid levels balanced. And it tastes 100 percent better than any other workout recovery drink out there.

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The Foods
We Make

Goodness comes naturally to us.

Real Washington dairy starts simply enough, with milk produced from more than 380 community farms. But add in some time, craft, and creativity and you have a culinary wonder food that’s as versatile and naturally nutritious as it is delicious. See all the food we help create as well as inspire.

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Resources at Your Fingertips

Explore nutrition tools to use in support of healthy eating for all ages. Perfect for educators and health professionals.

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On Our Farms

See where the magic happens.

No two Washington dairy farms are the same, because each farmer brings his or her unique skills and passion to the work. They do have a few things in common, though: a commitment to cows, the environment, the community, and, of course, to producing amazing milk.

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In Our
Communities

One big happy, healthy family.

Washington dairy is a staple of the state’s vibrant food culture and culinary scene. It’s also a vital part of our state’s many communities. See how dairy farmers throughout
the state are giving back.

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