Washington’s family dairy farmers are finding creative new ways to use technology to produce a higher quality milk at a lower cost.
That is particularly important now, with world dairy prices again sinking downward.
Our state’s dairy farmers also work to make the best use of dairy manure, while minimizing the farm’s impact on the environment.
Austin Dairy Farm near Oakville has been in the family for nearly 140 years. They are located just west of the southwest corner of Thurston County, right off Highway 12 at 320 Elma Gate Road.
Austin Farm produces certified organic milk for Organic Valley. They are proud to be a Washington Dairy Farmer’s “Dairy of Merit.”
In a move that would have astounded his grandparents, Jim Austin brought robotic milking to their farm, with the DeLaval automated milking machine. The video below features the Austin family and their farm, and explains how this dairy technology works.
Besides saving Austin Farm a lot of money in the long run, the machine makes for happier cows, a superior product, and a more sanitary operation.
Unions have focused their “Fight for 15” minimum wage movement on food service workers in large corporations. Across the country, support has been growing.
Ironically, those big corporations are the most prepared to compensate for increased labor costs with “Smart Dining” — replacing workers with machines.
Restaurant chains are incorporating Smart Dining that will hedge against rising labor costs. Chilis, Applebees, and Buffalo Wild Wings have already begun using table tablets for many waiter tasks, as demostrated here:
In the current political climate where government agencies shut down small businesses for irrational reasons, an African hair braider’s victory in Kent last year is a small but welcome blessing.
The mission of the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) is to advance public safety and consumer protection. So how did this agency get tangled up in a federal lawsuit about hair braiding?
In June 2014, hair braider Salamata “Sally” Sylla filed a federal lawsuit against the Washington DOL, because the agency had ordered her to either get a cosmetology license, or shut down her business. Sylla was represented in her lawsuit by the Institute for Justice.