Hoosiers have the heart and pride for dairying

Indiana may not be the first state that comes to mind when talking about dairying in the Midwest, but it's certainly one that shouldn't be forgotten. Indiana is home to some of the country's largest and most progressive dairy operations.

One such facility is Fair Oaks Farms, milking 30,000 cows at 10 separate locations. In addition to the processing plant, from which consumers can buy milk, ice cream and even award-winning cheeses, Fair Oaks Farms has an impressive Dairy Adventure attraction. Combining the opportunity to educate the public with fun activities for all ages, Fair Oaks Farms delivers an unforgettable experience to visitors.

For more information about Fair Oaks Farms, check out this YouTube video that has been viewed more than a million times.

And while Fair Oaks might be the largest operation in Indiana, it is certainly not the only one with forward-thinking managers and owners. Check out these videos at the Indiana Dairy Council's website, featuring five dairy farming families: Kelsay, Mills, Phares, Schwoeppe and Wagler.

Another well-known dairy operation is River-View Farm, operated by Dave and Helen Forgey and Scott and Darla Foerg. The Forgey and Foerg families believe that rotational grazing is a great way to manage a dairy herd. Dave Forgey regularly writes articles, makes presentations and even tweets about grazing principles. Forgey's expertise and leadership skills recently earned him the title of Indiana's Dairy Producer of the Year, awarded by the Indiana Professional Dairy Producers (IPDP).

IPDP was formed in 1999 and hosts a number of activities for its members, including summer tours and regional meetings. The organization was also heavily involved with the Indiana Livestock, Forage and Grain Forum held in January in Indianapolis.

In addition to such fine farming families and organizations, Indiana is also home to Purdue University, which boasts some of the nation's leading dairy industry researchers and educators.

Purdue is one of the cooperating universities behind the Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference, being held April 20 and 21 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This year's conference will focus on balancing diets, mold and mycotoxins, animal welfare and how feed affects air quality.

With such knowledgeable professionals and hardworking producers, the dairy industry is sure to remain a vital part of the Hoosier State. PTD

Source for photo: http://www.indiana-map.org/road-map.htm

Indiana is the 6th dairy state to be featured. Check out these other state blogs:
New Mexico

Which state would you like to see featured next? Leave a comment below!

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Comment by Leontien on June 25, 2010 at 11:30am
Glad you didn't forget about us!
Thanks Emily!!!
Comment by Liz Woodruff on April 8, 2010 at 11:37am
Thanks for the feature on Indiana Emily!
Comment by Emily Caldwell on April 6, 2010 at 11:32am
I failed to include another great operation, Four Leaf Clover Dairy. Hop over to Leontien's page to check out her website, read her blogs and view the photos!


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