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
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 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. PTDSource for photo: http://www.indiana-map.org/road-map.htmIndiana is the 6th dairy state to be featured. Check out these other state blogs:FloridaMinnesotaNew MexicoOregonPennsylvaniaWhich state would you like to see featured next? Leave a comment below!