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More and More Dairy Workers Speak Another Language: K’iche’


The language barrier is often a challenge for dairies, as the owner and employees don’t always speak the same language. Now that barrier is extended from employee to employee as K’iche’ (pronounced k’I ‘chay) is becoming more well-known on U.S. dairy farms.


K’iche’ is the most predominant of 23 Mayan dialects originating in the Central American countryside. It is a very common language used in Guatemala, as well as in El Salvador and Honduras, too.


Dr. Robert Hagevoort, extension dairy specialist and associate professor at New Mexico State University, says the reality of today’s dairy farms are:




By KAREN BOHNERT

April 15, 2024


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