Okarche Dairy Producer Angie Meyer Offers Some Perspective on Ice Cream's Unassuming OriginsTue, 18 Sep 2018 15:14:09 CDT
Once again this year, the Oklahoma State Fair hosted the Cow to Cone Ice Cream Contest, sponsored by DairyMax. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn was on hand at the event, held this past Sunday, September 16, 2018, serving as one of five judges. Also serving as judge, was Angie Meyer, a dairy producer from Okarche, Okla. who spoke with Horn after the contest about some of the challenges the dairy industry faces today and why public events like this and other efforts by DairyMax are important to both the producers and their consumers. Listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
According to Meyer, events such as the annual Cow to Cone contest help bring awareness to dairy products, their versatility and their role in keeping balanced nutrition.
“We want people to take three servings a day of their dairy products - and why not be ice cream all three servings,” Meyer joked. “But, no this contest was exciting to judge. There were several different flavors and things added that I probably would not have though of to do myself.”
Meyer remarked that her favorite entry was the German Chocolate. For not being a fan of coconut, she says for her to have ranked it so high is a testament to how exceptional it was. Meyer pointed out, though, that while most people enjoy their ice cream and dairy products without a second thought, there is a lot of hard work that goes on behind the scenes. She says dairy farmers are faced with a lot of challenges each day to keep their operations going.
“We have challenges all the time and things don’t always go the way you would like,” she admitted. “For instance, the labor issue with immigration. That’s definitely being talked about and discussed and it’s a high priority for us right now.”
One harsh reality about the business is one she says all dairy producers are dealing with right now, which is that the cost of feed are currently higher than the price of milk. This fact is one that she says dairy farmers have time and again dealt with, struggling just to breakeven in many cases.
“Another issue is that consumption has decline a little bit,” she shared. “There are alternatives out there now that call themselves ‘milk.’ So, you have to have a passion to do this 365 days a year. There’s not a day off… cows don’t take Sundays off. For us to get up every day and continue to face those challenges and struggles - it’s because we love what we do and we love providing a safe, nutritious, wholesome product for our families and yours.”
Meyer says she is a staunch supporter of DairyMax and the organization’s mission. As the industry’s checkoff program, it collects 15 cents on every 100 lbs. of milk sold by a dairy to oversee the promotional and educational efforts of the industry to help drive consumer demand. Meyer says there is no way she alone could market her product as effectively as DairyMax does.
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