Q: Who is part of the farm?
A: We have 4 generations on our family dairy farm! Dan’s parents, Dave & Pam, are involved daily to care for our cows & calves. Dan & Lynn try to keep it all pulled together and their 3 kids love helping (and playing) whenever they get the chance!
Dan’s grandparents still help when they can. We wouldn’t be here today without a strong family foundation and a willingness of Dan’s grandpa Neil to let Dave get started when he was only 13! to build on. Dan’s grandmothers, Mavis & Mary, were #FarmHers before their time! Dan’s Grandpa Pete inspires us to just keep on going no matter what life throws at you… we think it’s probably all the ice cream!
Our broader community & family play an important role on the farm too in more ways than we can list here. We’re thankful for all of them! Lots of our family attended our Ground Breaking Ceremony in 2015 when we built New Day Dairy’s new barn, just up the hill from the original homestead.
Q: What’s it like to live on a dairy farm?
A: Since we do it every day, it might be hard for us to describe. One summer we had a great young man visit for a week. That fall he wrote an essay about his week on a dairy farm.
“What do you want to call it? Duty? Responsibility? Fun? Personally, I couldn’t tell the difference. My experience at New Day Dairy might’ve been a mix of all three, and I can’t tell you how I felt about the work I did. I honestly don’t know… But I can tell you that it’ll keep you very occupied, grateful, and surprisingly happy.”
Read more about Lewis’ experience on the farm!
Q: How can I buy your milk?
A: Since we don’t bottle our own milk here on the farm, folks ask us how they can get “our” milk. How can they make sure they’re supporting us with their dairy purchase dollars? As I explain in detail here we’re member owners of Prairie Farms so buying Prairie Farms products is best way to directly support us. And if you want some Swiss Cheese or Cream Cheese to take home, we actually sell that here at the GuestBarn!
Q: How long have your cows been milked by a robot?
A: Our family farm has always had cows, but we have a few more now than they did 125+ years ago. Back then Dan’s Great-Great-Grandma milked their cow by hand, like all of her neighbors. How we milk our cows has changed 3 times since then! Read all about how it happened!
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We’ll be updating these as we answer more of them… what’s your most burning question? Let us know when you visit or send a note.