By Jillian De Hoog, Dairy Farmer, Seward, Nebraska
When you pick up a jug of milk at your favorite store, you can be just about certain it came from a local dairy farm. In fact, it might have come from ours!
Our dairy farm is a third-generation family farm. We are proud to play such an important role in feeding our nation, and in particular feeding people like you in our local community. My husband, Marty, has worked on his family's dairy farm since he was a young boy. He has fond memories of bottle-feeding calves and building hay forts. Marty is honored to pass on this great life to our daughters, Olivia, 6, and Courtney, 3. They already enjoy feeding the cows with Daddy in the tractor and naming cows as they walk through the barn.
I didn't have the pleasure of growing up on a dairy farm, but I'm continually learning how amazing this business is. Our milk travels from our farm to a processing plant in Omaha and is used for Hiland drinking milk. Like most milk in the Midwest, it travels less than 100 miles to be processed and is then distributed to local stores. It’s in your grocery store in about 48 hours from leaving our dairy farm. Now that is farm-fresh local milk!
We are passionate about taking good care of our 500 black and white Holstein cows. Comfortable and healthy cows mean high-quality, wholesome milk. The cows are given a well-balanced diet created by our nutritionist (most of their feed grows right here in Nebraska) and receive twice-monthly visits from the veterinarian. They have access to their food and water 24 hours a day. The barns are cleaned several times a day and the cows are able to lie down on sand bedding, which keeps them nice and comfortable.
God has placed us as stewards of His creation and we are committed to doing just that!