It has been two years since we celebrated June's dairy month with a friendly baking competition of delicious treats made with one or more dairy ingredients. It was pretty exciting to get "back in the saddle" with a June 29 dairy bakeoff in 2021. We had about a dozen or more entries including four different types of cheesecake; layered red, white, and blue jello; chocolate cream pie; whipped ricotta with balsamic strawberries; carrot cake and more!
Additional caffeine is often necessary after ingesting so much sugar, but it is one of our favorite events of the year -- celebrating dairy, eating, friendly competition, and gathering together are some of our favorite things!!
This year we had a tie for first place -- Research Technician Sheila Mousseau's Chocolate Cookie Cheesecake and Summer Experience in Ag Research Intern Courtney Groom's Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars. Dairy Outreach Coordinator Wanda Emerich tracked them down and had them sign the Miner apron and got this photo of the two of them.
We also scored their winning recipes! :)
Congrats to Sheila and Courtney and thanks to everyone who participated in the bakeoff.
As the calf manager here at Miner for the past 17 years, I am so pleased to see the new calf barn get started. (Construction officially began in early May). We have had a great success raising our own heifers out of hutches. During that time, we have had some struggles, but this new barn will affect our calves now and project into the future.
This barn will be a benefit to the calves and to staff. This calf raising facility will be able to maintain a stable environment for such things as:
THANK YOU to all involved in the barn construction process!