Last week, we had the opportunity to host a portion of the California Milk Advisory Board's (CMAB) first ever "Real California Milk Mom-to-Mom" educational tour. This was an exciting event for us, as we're always looking for ways to share our lifestyle with others and help spread the Real California Milk story.
The CMAB welcomed 13 mom bloggers and personally introduced them to the California dairy industry. Their trip began with a cheese course led by Juliana Uruburu from the San Francisco Cheese School and dinner in Galletto Ristorante's wine vault.
The next morning, the group toured the Charles Ahlem Dairy in Hilmar before heading over to visit us. A common misconception is that the majority of milk is produced on "factory farms". While farms have grown in size over the years, 99% of California's dairy farms are Still family owned and operated, just like here at our facility and at Ahlem Dairy. The remaining 1% of California dairy farms consist of University or prison facilities. You can meet some of these dairy farming families at Know A CA Farmer.
The rubber mats are designed and placed accordingly to help relieve pressure on the cows legs and feet while she's standing to eat or walking to and from the feed bunks.
The TMR, seen in the photo below, assures that each bite a cow takes has everything in it that she needs... hay, silage, cottonseed, corn, almond hulls and other feedstuffs are mixed together to provide a balanced diet based on the stage of her production and pregnancy.
far left, Liz Adams, DVM, along with Chris & I and the Mom-to-Mom group... and Angelina!
The CMAB marketing team... and Angelina - Jennifer, Cami, Amy and Kris