As life changed, dairy farmers maintained their routines

Herrick

Welcome back to school everyone! This year is going to look very different from the “back to school” that we are all used to, but at least we can consider this the first step back into normalcy.

Though life may have looked very different for most of us these past few months, dairy farmers still kept their routine.

This is actually very important because dairy cows are the most content when they are able to follow a set routine.

To help avoid any unnecessary stress for the animals, farmers work hard to make sure that they are fed and milked at approximately the same time every single day. Some cows may even show signs of impatience if they are not milked on their set schedule.

Also, these cows need to be fed and milked every single day, so the farmers didn’t have the option to take any time off.

Not only did the cows need to be cared for, but the crops that the grow had to be seeded in the springtime along with the other field work that needed to be accomplished.

Now, we are approaching the time for some of these crops to be harvested, though some of them such as the hay have already been harvested as farmers can harvest those plants multiple times in a year.

With all of these daily tasks, along with the need for basic maintenance around the farm, your local dairy farmers have been very busy these past few months to ensure that the grocery stores are well stocked for the rest of us.

As a thank you to them, I encourage you all to purchase an extra dairy product the next time that you go into the store. Whether it is a brick of cheese or an ice cream treat, your purchase will help support all of the hardworking dairy farmers.

So, as we thank and pray for all of the essential workers who never stopped during this crazy year that we have had, don’t forget to include the local dairy farmers in your thoughts.

I am very thankful for everyone who has worked to provide for people during these crazy times and especially for the farmers who have worked to provide food the rest of us.

This month I have a recipe for some cheesy baked chicken.

Cheesy Baked Chicken

Ingredients

2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly cut

6 oz. sour cream

¼ cup mayonnaise

1.5 cups shredded colby jack cheese

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350

2. In a medium-sized bowl, mix cream cheese, mayo, and half of the shredded cheese.

3. Place the chicken in a baking dish and spread the cheese mixture over the chicken. Top with the remaining shredded cheese.

4. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through

Danielle Herrick is the Wyoming County Dairy Princess. Her column appears monthly.

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