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For generations, Midwest Dairy farm families have been producing fresh, nutritious milk. These farm families are caretakers of their cows, stewards of the land and leaders in their communities.

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TIK TOK influencer takes farming in the 21st century to another level

Farming has always been in Dan’s blood. He is a 4th generation dairy farmer, and his family has been operating on the same land since 1941 when his great grandparents began their farming ventures. When asked about what he loved…

Maassen Dairy prioritizes conservation for the next generation

Lee Maassen and his three sons are well versed in the importance of sustainability and conservation. Their heritage of farming started in the 1920s with the mission: “To be good caretakers of the people, land and animals God has blessed…

Strickler Holstein Farm takes sustainability beyond the barn

Sustainability is more than a buzzword for dairy farmer Steve Strickler. The Iola, Kansas, native has found ways to give back and preserve the environment, all while operating the farm he was raised on. After graduating from Kansas State University,…

Fellwock Dairy: a family affair

Johna and Mark Fellwock, owners of Fellwock Dairy in Monett, Missouri, are passionate about their herds — both the four- and two-legged kinds. They care for 300 cattle, homeschool their four children and support their community. These responsibilities can certainly be taxing, but the couple of…

Cinnamon Ridge Farms shares about sustainability on the farm

As a sixth-generation Jersey Dairy farm in Donohue, Iowa, Cinnamon Ridge Farms owners John and Joan Maxwell know a thing or two about sustainability. A winner of the 2019 Dairy Sustainability Award for Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability, Cinnamon Ridge Farms…

Mil-R-Mor brings dairy to the classroom with adopt a cow

Lorilee Schultz has been farming with her grandparents at Mil-R-Mor Farm in Orangeville, Illinois, for the last decade. Because she oversees the dairy production side of the operation, including 55 milk cows, she knows the importance of bringing dairy to…

Robotics lend a helping hand at Oklahoma dairy farm

Logan Courtney of Courtney Farms in Chouteau, Oklahoma, is fascinated by dairy cows. He’s the sixth generation of a farm family, but he didn’t grow up on a dairy farm. His family milked a small herd of pedigreed Ayrshires until…

Spadgenske family focuses on sustainability, community

What started with a humble beginning of just 60 cows in a rented barn, one tractor and two brothers living in a mobile home in Menahga, Minnesota, has grown into a thriving first-generation dairy operation. Twin brothers, Mike and Mark…

Making sustainability accessible for fellow farmers

The Schlangen family dairy farm near Albany, Minnesota, received the recent announcement of the U.S. dairy community’s new sustainability goals with relative ease. Like most dairy farmers, they’ve been testing and implementing new processes for decades because of their strong…

A dream job at Peterson Dairy

When Alex Peterson envisioned his dream job, he didn’t picture working on his family’s dairy farm in Trenton, Missouri. As a teenager, he wasn’t keen on the never-ending chores and all-encompassing lifestyle. Today, he can tell you how many steps…

Virtual tour of Trailside Holsteins provides real-time answers to questions about dairy

An easy way to engage consumers in a dialogue about dairy is to give them a glimpse into everyday life on the farm through digital channels. People are naturally curious about things that are new to them, and digital and…

A passion rooted in caring for animals: Meet Minnesota dairy farmer Lindsey Borst

Growing up on her family’s small hobby farm, Lindsey Borst developed a love of caring for animals of all types. However, it wasn’t until she married her husband, Kevin, that her passion for dairy farming and its way of life…