13 September 2012
Rumiano Cheese Dairy Spotlight
An interview with the Wetherell Family
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.
RCB: According to some, the Northern California coast is the best place for dairy farming, do you believe this is true and what can be said to support this?
WDI: Absolutely! Because the geography and climate are perfectly suited for year round grazing of jersey cows to produce the highest quality milk possible.
RCB: How many cows do you have total? How often are they milked?
WDI: 180 Milking cows, 38 springers, 44 yearlings, and 6 breeding bulls.
The milk herd is milked twice per day
RCB: Can you tell us about your cows?
WDI: We own an isolated herd, which means all of our cows are born and raised here on the ranch which our family has managed for five generations.
RCB: Does the current drought situation in many parts of the united states
have a direct influence on your operation?
WDI: Yes!!!! even though we feed a minimal amount of grain to our cows the
drought has caused feed prices to escalate sharply.
We'd like to give a special thanks to the Wetherell family for their kindness and willingness to complete the interview. Check for the next "Rumiano Cheese Dairy Spotlight" soon!