Magazine article Sunset

Meet the Cows That Put the "Moo" in Tillamook

Magazine article Sunset

Meet the Cows That Put the "Moo" in Tillamook

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In coastal Tillamook County, known as "the land of cheese, trees, and ocean breeze," dairy farmers are accustomed to long hours and hard work. But since February, when more than 450 cows drowned in floods, many farmers have been working overtime. Other farming communities have donated calves to help bring the county's dairy cow population back to its normal head count of 25,000.

This summer, visitors to the Tillamook Cheese Factory can hear firsthand about the risks and rewards of dairying. The Tillamook County Creamery Association, which runs the Cheese Factory, offers farm tours every afternoon from mid-June through August 31.

Like most of the 163 farms that make up the creamery association, the farm we toured last year is a family operation. The farmer showed the youngest visitors how to bottle-feed a two-day-old calf, then invited the whole group into the parlor-the milking parlor, that is. For the dairy farmers, afternoon milking is just another chore in a daily routine that begins at 4 A. …

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