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Heintz Badger Valley Farm Looks to the Future of Minnesota Dairy Farming

With more than 400 acres of cropland, 170 dairy cows, three robotic milkers, and a new manure storage tank, dairy farmer Doug Heintz is poised for the future of dairy farming in southeast Minnesota, also known as “Bluff Country.” Doug, along with wife Julie, and children Dayne and Jackie, are Minnesota Milk Producer Association’s 2015 Farm Family of the Year.

Hinckley Holsteins

Dale and Marlys Hinckley have spent the last 30 years building their business from the ground up, and today, it is obvious Hinckley Holsteins has come a long way from its humble beginnings. Named Minnesota’s Dairy Farm Family of the Year in 2014, the Hinckleys use state-of-the-art technology and family collaboration to care for their 400 dairy cows, their community and the environment. For example, to conserve energy and improve cow comfort, the Hinckleys installed LED lights in the free stall barn. A robotic feeder monitors cow growth and wellness.

Milk’s Journey: 48 Hours in 48 Seconds

Some foods are only grown in certain areas of the country, but dairy is local and based in all 50 states. In fact, milk's journey from the farm to the grocery store takes only about two days! Not only is this journey fast and efficient, it enhances milk safety and quality. Take 48 seconds to watch the journey your milk makes in 48 hours.

South Dakota Farmer Dedicates Herself to Dairy Education

Third generation farmer Heidi Selkin of Baltic, South Dakota, has a passion for sharing her dairy farm experience with the public. Heidi shares her enthusiasm for animal care by speaking to students, hosting farm tours, and creating videos to share on social media.

South Dakota’s Drumgoon Dairy Dedicated to Sustainability

Rodney and Dorothy Elliot immigrated from Ireland to Lake Norden, South Dakota, to expand their farm and ensure a sustainable future for dairy. With 4,500 cows, two milking parlors and 50 employees, the Elliots are committed to caring for the land they hope to pass on to their children.
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