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.
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|
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|
|Brumm Dairy Farm- Established in 1951|
A visit to a local dairy farm would not be complete without an ice cream treat, right?
|Carol and Rick Brumm, Myself and Garrett|
*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.