Speaking of the Super Bowl, what does the big game have in common with dairy farming? More than you might think. I wrote this post a few years ago when my Seahawks made it to the Super Bowl and it's one of my favorites. Here's an excerpt:
The football players would be the dairy farmers. They are out there on the field working/playing regardless of the weather to achieve a common goal: winning the game (football players) or producing high-quality milk (dairy farmers). Unlike in a football game where players are competing against each other, other dairy farmers each do their part and work together to keep the dairy industry strong.
The refs would be the state dairy inspectors who routinely inspect every dairy farm to ensure everything is in line and that people are playing by the rules. Milk is actually one of the most tested and regulated foods available. There are a lot of safeguards in place to ensure the milk supply continues to be safe.
The coaches are the many industry experts who work with dairy farmers to provide knowledge and guidance. This can range from their milk cooperative field rep to their nutritionist, seed sales rep, veterinarian, and the many others dairy farmers work with on a regular basis to keep their cows healthy and comfortable and to produce high-quality milk.
Football stadiums are filled with fans. While it would be REALLY weird to have that kind of a crowd in the milking parlor, these fans represent the people that enjoy and consume dairy products. Again, the football game is entertainment for fans and dairy products provide quality nutrition for those who consumer them.
At the end of the game, the Vince Lombardi Trophy is awarded to the winning team. This represents the hard work the players put in throughout the entire season to win the game. For dairy farmers, there really is no "end point" and no actual trophy. The trophy represents milk and dairy products reaching the market, such as a grocery store, where they are purchased.
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With all of this talk about milk and dairy products, are you hungry yet? Here are a few recipes you are sure to love.
Lana's Zoodles and garlic chicken
Marybeth's Slow cooker pineapple chicken
Heather's Honey lime salmon
Liz's Strawberry spinach salad
Meggie's Healthy fettuccine alfredo with bacon (I can't wait to try this one!)
Marybeth's Citrus herb marinated chicken
Heather's Vegetable soup