I could have tied this into cattle farming, which is the next section, but dairy farming really deserved a section of its own. On the trip we visited Forget-Me-Not Farm.
Here they operate a large-scale dairy production facility. All of the cattle here are females who have given birth or will give birth soon.
One thing I found fascinating about this dairy farm is that the cows are artificially inseminated with sperm that is likely to produce more females! Having three daughters myself I began to wonder if some similar plot was conducted on me… but I digress.
Like most of the other farms we visited, this farm is a family operation that has grown in numbers over the years. They spoke about not just supporting their own families, but the importance of supporting their workers too.This operation recently relocated from New Mexico to Kansas, and many of their workers are Hispanic. In addition to providing jobs, they have gone as far as providing English as a second language course for those employees who wished to learn more. I thought that was pretty neat.
Watching how they milked cows as they rode around on a carousel was amazing!
Every bit of the process is so sterile and precise. Literally moments after the milk is taken from the cow, it’s chilled and loaded to the truck. The milk hits the shelves (all the way in a different state) within 48 hours from the time it leaves the cow. I was impressed.
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