Since it's National Dairy Month, I want to share 13 of my favorite dairy recipes with you all. Although this is technically Dairy Month, we celebrate the cows every day.
These days, it's getting pretty hot. The cows agree. That being said, they love being able to go into the air conditioning and shade just like you and I do. Air conditioning? Are they coming into your house? I know you're thinking it. Nope, no cows in the house (although that would make for an awesome Instagram picture!). Since many modern dairy barns aren't the typical red barn so many people are accustomed to seeing decades ago, lots of folks aren't sure what to think of them. So, I'll give you my opinion (and we had a red barn): they are AWESOME! If I was a cow that's where I would want to live. Here are a few of the ways dairy farmers keep their cows comfortable in the summer heat.
My brother and I used to love to run through the sprinkler in the yard when we were little. It's the perfect way to cool off when it was hot out. The cows love this too. Some dairies have misters that are set by a thermostat to spray cows' backs with water when it gets to a certain temperature . Many of these dairies also have fans.
Fans + misted water = evaporative cooling = happy cows. This evaporative cooling is like air conditioning in the barns. On a hot day, these barns are some of the coolest places on the farm.
Fans keep air moving. Some farms use high speed, low volume fans and some use larger high volume low speed fans, but regardless of which they use, the point is to move hot air away from the cows.
Another way to move hot air away from cows is by having an open ridge of the barn like this dairy in Madison, Georgia, does. This helps heat abatement, or letting the hot air out of the barn. Heat rises and this helps it escape.
A lot of people enjoy a day at the beach in the summer. So do the cows! Some cows lay on sand in their free stalls. Every day is like a day at the beach for them!
Trees and other structures provide shade in the pastures for cows. Again, cows like many of the simple things people like when it comes to cooling down on a hot day.
|Bacon Pepper Jack Grilled Cheese
|BBQ Chicken Quesadilla
|Parmesan Chicken Fettuccine
|Cherry Mint Sugar Cookies
|Kiwi Cheese Crackers
|Mini Taco Pies
|Festive Holiday Cheesecake
|Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops
|Triple Chocolate Mousse