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Passing the Farm to the Next Generation

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Minnesota 2013 Dairy Farm Family of the Year

Windows Media Video (.wmv), 59 MB

From a Farm Family Near You

Windows Media Video (.wmv), 63 MB

Feedin' a Nation

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Dairying is a Marathon

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Blue Diamond Dairy

Windows Media Video (.wmv), 52 MB

Feeding the World

Windows Media Video (.wmv), 91 MB

Keeping Faith During Difficulty

Windows Media Video (.wmv), 32 MB

Enchanted Dairy

Windows Media Video (.wmv), 61 MB

New Beginnings

Windows Media Video (.wmv), 42 MB

The Family Makes the Farm

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A New Generation

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Dedicated

Windows Media Video (.wmv), 34 MB

Pride and Passion

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Landwehr Dairy

Windows Media Video (.wmv), 40 MB



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See Our Farms

Ninety-seven percent of dairy farms are family-owned and operated, often by multiple generations of family. The Metzger family of Summit Farm in Lester, Iowa are proud to be part of this statistic. Lifelong dairy farmer Rodney Metzger not only has one of his children to take over the dairy — but all five, including daughter Emma, and sons Vance, Eric, Neil and Toby! Rodney says that having his children choose to come back to the family farm warms his heart. As Rodney passes the Summit Farm torch to the next generation, he knows the farm’s future is in good hands and his family’s legacy and commitment will continue.


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Passing the Farm to the Next Generation

Ninety-seven percent of dairy farms are family-owned and operated, often by multiple generations of family. The Metzger family of Summit Farm in Lester, Iowa are proud to be part of this statistic. Lifelong dairy farmer Rodney Metzger not only has one of his children to take over the dairy — but all five, including daughter Emma, and sons Vance, Eric, Neil and Toby! Rodney says that having his children choose to come back to the family farm warms his heart. As Rodney passes the Summit Farm torch to the next generation, he knows the farm’s future is in good hands and his family’s legacy and commitment will continue.

Minnesota 2013 Dairy Farm Family of the Year

A commitment to sustainability and cow comfort, as well as their efforts to reach out to tell people about dairying helped the Krause family of Buffalo, Minn., win recognition as the Minnesota 2013 Dairy Farm Family of the Year. Learn how Charles Krause and his family use recycling, energy conservation and updated facilities to meet their goal of managing a dairy that serves the community while preparing for a fifth generation of the family business.

Feedin' A Nation

Thank you to the more than 65 dairy farmers from age 1 to 81 for helping bring this video to life. All footage was filmed at dairy farm family homes in Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota. Join us in "Feedin' a Nation" by making a food bank donation to ensure the health of all generations! Learn more at www.DairyMakesSense.com.

From a Farm Family Near You

Did you know it takes less than 48 hours for milk to get from the farm to your school? That’s fresh! And from a farm family near you.

People Behind the Product - Dairying is a Marathon

At MPM Farms in Wayne, Nebraska, it’s the whole of the marathon that counts – just as it’s the whole of dairying. For Kent and Jodi Pulfer and their family, they have to do a lot of things well in the management of their two dairy farms and milking herd of 3,800 cows in order to produce wholesome, nutritious milk. Kent and Jodi both have backgrounds as veterinarians, and they, along with their children, are Team Dairy marathoners. They continually strive to ensure their cows come first by taking cow health, comfort, environment, nutrition and milking sanitation very seriously and are well poised to meet those “hills” one step at a time.

People Behind the Product - Blue Diamond Dairy

Minnesota’s 2012 Dairy Producer of the Year, Blue Diamond Dairy, is what they call a “hybrid dairy,” where the herd lives and grazes outside in the warm months and moves inside during the freezing months. The primary goal is to constantly make the farm better for the animals, the environment, the family and the community.

Feeding the World

One of the great challenges of the next generation will be providing nutritious, affordable food to a global population expected to grow to nine billion by 2050. Dairy farmers have a shared responsibility in the health of future generations. They recognize there are serious challenges to feeding a growing world and are committed to being part of the solution.

Keeping Faith During Difficulty

The 2012 drought has had a major impact on American agriculture, and dairy farmers, like Orville Miller in Hutchinson, Kansas, are some of the hardest hit. But faith, determination and never compromising on animal care are what keep farmers like Orville producing wholesome, quality milk even during difficult times. It is this spirit that ensures our country, and our world, has a safe and abundant supply of dairy foods. Learn more at dairygood.org.

People Behind the Product - Enchanted Dairy

Its name is straight out of the storybooks, but the commitment Enchanted Dairy has to its cows and community is no fairy tale. See why the Millers and their Little Falls dairy were named Minnesota’s 2011 Producer of the Year.

People Behind the Product - New Beginnings

Rodney and Dorothy Elliott moved from their home in Ireland to South Dakota. Using their Irish family name, Drumgoon, they now operate a 3,000 cow dairy farm South Dakota. Learn how they utilize new technology and how they save their neighboring farms thousands of dollars each year.

People Behind the Product - The Family Makes the Farm

Bruce Brockshus knew he made a good decision to grow his herd when it allowed him to work with his family. Bruce utilizes each family member’s talents and passions in order to operate a successful dairy farm, Brockshus Dairy Farm in Iowa.

People Behind the Product - A New Generation

The Hulstein family works hard as a team to operate the County Line Dairy farm in Edgerton, Minnesota. When Susan and Mike Hulstein were married in 1988, they began to grow their farm as they grew their family. Learn about why their daughter, Cassandra, decided to keep the family tradition going.

People Behind the Product - Dedicated

Doug and Tom Block of Hunter Haven Farms in Illinois are dedicated to the environment. They have made their farming operation more energy efficient. Not only do they recycle their water and use manure for fertilizer and cow bedding, they are using digester technology to recycle manure to produce electricity, helping to grow renewable energy solutions.

People Behind the Product - Pride and Passion

At Haubenschild Farms in Minnesota, they are dedicated to their dairy cows and the land. Brian Haubenschild has two passions in life -- his cows and his family -- and works hard to ensure the cows are healthy and comfortable.

Landwehr Dairy

Take a virtual tour of Landwehr Dairy so you can to get a first-hand glimpse of how wholesome, nutritious milk is produced for you. The barn door is always open.