The Seattle TimesMedia center

1 of 8
Image
ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES
Advertising

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Life of a Washington dairy farmer

Walter Schoenbachler, 81, walks through Sildahl Farms after bringing the cows from pasture to be milked and fed on a recent afternoon near Stanwood, Wash. The 115-acre dairy, near the Stillaguamish River, is named after a valley in Switzerland where the Schoenbachler family has worked as dairy farmers for the last 500 years. Walter is mostly retired, but acts as a "consultant," said Fred Schoenbachler, his son. He also brings in the cows from pasture by bike or motorcycle. "He's all business," said Fred. "Do the job and get it done right."

Image