Our Farms

13 September 2012

Rumiano Cheese Dairy Spotlight

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Our Farms

An interview with the Wetherell Family

Rumiano Cheese Dairy Spotlight

Rumiano Cheese Company takes great pride in the quality of milk used to make our cheese. We believe the milk is one of our largest advantages in creating a healthy, natural, sustainable and organic cheese(s).

In appreciation we have started a segment that is similar to the "Rumiano Cheese Family Spotlight" We will be interviewing the dairy families that make it possible for our family to make the quality product we strive to provide. The Wetherell family Ranch is featured in today's article.


Rumiano Cheese Blog: How long have you been working with the Rumiano Cheese Family?

Whetherell Dairy Inc: Since the early 1940s.

RCB: Can you tell us about your family?

WDI: The family business was started in 1868 by William Carey Bailey. We are a very close knit family with many members involved in the dairy.

RCB: What inspired you to carry on the family business?

WDI: A lifelong love of the dairy, and the lifestyle it provides. And the pride that comes with carrying on the family tradition.

RCB: How many years has the dairy been in the family?

WDI: Since 1868.

RCB: What is your favorite part of being a dairy farmer?

WDI: Working on the land, with the livestock and the challenges it creates.

08 August 2012

Drought Conditions Affecting Dairy Production

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Our Farms

How Del Norte and Humboldt counties fare in today's drought climate

Drought Conditions Affecting Dairy Production

As you may have seen on local and national news, there is a heat wave causing massive droughts throughout the United States. June of 2012 has been recorded as being the tenth driest June on record since 1895. The outcome of a lack of rain during the winter months has caused many major crops -- such as corn, soy and wheat -- to underproduce during the summer months. Farms across the U.S., especially those in the Southern and Midwestern regions, have suffered from these weather conditions. Crop farmers are not the only ones feeling the heat, as dairies are also underproducing. Heat stress is a common issue with dairy cows, and the temperatures directly affect the amount and quality of milk produced.

According to a publication by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture the milk yields see a decline in quality and amount at around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Moderate signs of heat stress "include rapid shallow breathing, profuse sweating and an approximately 10 percent decrease in milk production and feed intake by cows.

31 October 2011

Healthy Benefits of Grass-Fed Dairy

Posted in Sustainability, Our Cheese, Our Farms

Why Rumiano Supports Pasture-Based Dairies

Healthy Benefits of Grass-Fed Dairy

The great health benefits and top quality of grass-fed dairy are no surprise to the team at Rumiano Cheese Company. We use locally sourced milk from pasture-raised cows for all of our dairy products. (Read more about Our Farms to learn all the details on that.)

Jo Robinson's article Super Natural Milk provides great examples of just why we're so committed to our top-quality dairy ingredients. Grass-fed milk has more of the balanced EFAs (essential fatty acids), beneficial fats, beta-carotene, and vitamins A and E—all elements that keep our bodies in healthy balance!

To learn more, read about grass-fed dairy and farming at eatwild.com.

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