Learn about milk's safe, efficient journey from the farm to the store from Dr. Lloyd Metzger, a professor at South Dakota State University.
Join Cassie Bohnert on a tour of her family’s dairy farm to see where your milk comes from that goes into making all of your favorite dairy foods, like milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream.
Chris Heins takes care of more than the dairy cows as a sixth generation dairy farmer in Higginsville, Missouri. He and his wife, Adriane, are proud to be part of the community. Together they host tours and reach the public through their blog, The Little House on the Dairy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.