Monday, July 2, 2012

Make National Dairy Month a Monthly Affair

OK~ I was invited to visit the Brumm Dairy Farm near Stacyville, Iowa, on June 28, 2012. I grew up on a farm where pigs, corn and soybeans were raised. We had the occasional horse, cow, chickens, and rabbits around for 4-H projects. I had never visited a Dairy Farm, so when Mid-West Dairy approached me about visiting one, I jumped on the opportunity. My home in Iowa is surrounded by corn and soybean fields, so the sight of a few dairy cows was one I was looking forward to.

Brumm Dairy is located just East of Stacyville, Iowa. This farm is a family affair. Rick and Carol Brumm, and sons Steve (Emily) and Dean (Andrea) Brumm lead the day to day operations around the farm. Once our tour began, we were greeted with these cows. Here is where the breeding takes place.

The Cows Lined Up

 I had not ever thought of breeding taking place on a Dairy Farm, but I soon learned that a Dairy Farm does much more than just produce milk. With 212 milk producing cows, it makes sense that a breeding program needs to be in place to keep the production of milk flowing. Provided the breeding process goes well, this is what will appear in nine months.

Newborn Calf
I was so surprised that a newborn calf weighs around 120 pounds and this calf here was born on June 23. We visited on June 28th, so this one is five days old. Once they are born they are moved to a clean area where they are fed the nutrients that are needed to become a milk producing cow. The Brumm Dairy Farm averages two newborn calves per day.

It's very important that no disease is transmitted from visitors on the farm. Garrett is sporting these fine "boots" to cover his shoes.

Protective Wear On The Farm
The milking process happens two times per day on the Brumm Dairy Farm. From 5-8 a.m. and then from 4-7 p.m., 365 days out of the year. The cows walk through this doorway and the milking process begins.

Another glimpse into the milking area.

Dean is showing how the milking machine works

The truck arrives daily (365 days a year) to pick up milk each day. Life on a dairy farm is hard work, yet very rewarding. It was very noticeable that the Father/Son relationship here is a good one. Farming is a way of life that is enjoyed all across the state of Iowa. Brumm Dairy Farm is providing food for several Americans each and every day.

Rick, Steve And Dean Brumm
The facility located near Stacyville, Iowa was very clean and it was quite evident that Brumm Dairy Farm puts safety first. Family members and employees make sure that the milk they are producing is clean and safe for consumers to consume.

Brumm Dairy Farm- Established in 1951
I had never thought of the fact that a dairy farm also produces meat. Once the cows have came to the end of their milk production years, these cows are sold and ground into hamburger. A dairy farm breeds cows, produces milk, and meat. Something I had never thought of, yet in all reality, a dairy farm provides a lot of food in our food chain.

A visit to a local dairy farm would not be complete without an ice cream treat, right?

Carol and Rick Brumm, Myself and Garrett
A fun visit to a local dairy farm. I know I learned a lot. From the specific nutrients that cows need and the clean environment they need; dairy farmers work hard to see that we have quality food on our supper table. The next time you see a dairy farmer, be sure to say, "Thank You!" Because of people like Brumm Dairy, you are able to enjoy that tasty dish of ice cream. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

*June was national dairy month and I was reimbursed for my travel expenses to travel to Brumm Dairy Farm. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing your dairy farm experience and celebrating June Dairy Month with all of us!


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