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Moxee dairy farm combines work and play

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Moxee, WASH.--Combining work and play seems to be working for the staff at deVries Family Dairy in Moxee.

It started with kicking around a soccer ball during lunch breaks, and has now turned into a full-fledged competitive soccer game every afternoon.

"I offered to buy some practice goals, and we just kind of took off from there," said Farm Manager Larry Lowe.

Worker Adan Marin said, "{We} Play after lunch. Try to get out all the stress, some exercise, get a little pounds out."

"Most of the people here I think feel okay playing soccer, and some of those people they say that the day feels short because you work four hours and then you come have your lunch," said Hector Garcia. "And then another four hours to work."

Lowe said working on a dairy farm is no easy task. It's a 365-day-a-year job. For the workers, playing soccer is a way to alleviate stress and boost their spirits.

Lowe said, "After they started playing, the morale of the employees {went up}. They were all getting a little exercise, breaking up their day."

"It's indicative of not just a dairy farm, but any employer likes to have happy employees," said Steve George from the Washington Dairy Federation. "Happy employees like to be at work. They like to do a better job, are dedicated to where they work."

DeVries Dairy management said they strive to maintain a good work environment so employees will want to stay for a long time.

"There's a specialty to it, and there's a certain knowledge that you have to know to do that work and do it efficiently," said George. "Once we get a person trained, we like to keep that person."

The Dairy's soccer team has started to play the employees of other local dairy farms.

Some of the players are trying to expand, and possibly even turn this into a league.