Washington's Zurcher Dairy Helps State Reach 10th Place in Milk Production
Washington's dairy industry is bigger than you might think, ranking 10th in the country. Zurcher Dairy, near Basin City, does its part to pitch in:
At Zurcher Dairy, the milking machine pulses like a calf sucking on a teat, and the milk is vacuumed out, said Ed Zurcher. One cow can produce 7 to 8 gallons of milk a day.
And the cows want to be milked. Olivia Zurcher, 17, the couple's oldest daughter, said she's seen cows line up for milking about 30 minutes before their time.
"If they don't get milked, it hurts them," said Olivia, the first Mid-Columbia Dairy ambassador.