National Geographic : 1959 Jul
Tanana Valley Dairy Cattle Bask in the Endless Summer Sun Newcomers, known to Alaskans as "chee chakos," stare in disbelief at dairy cows grazing less than 120 miles outside the Arctic Circle. Despite short grazing seasons and long barn-bound winters, Alaskan cows yield more milk per head than the national average. Few pests plague the animals. Brown bears (page 80) raid farms on rare occasions, maul ing but seldom killing the cows. This Holstein herd near Fairbanks belongs to Creamer's Dairy, one of Alaska's largest milk producers. The cyclist's banner announces the annual Tanana Valley Fair. Outsize cabbage dwarfs a Matanuska boy. Rich soil and superb growing weather produced this giant. Residents glibly call it an Alaska Brussels sprout.