Thanks to the Michigan Ag Council for sponsoring the Frankenmuth Foodie Blogger tour to visit a Michigan dairy farm and share my experience with you.
I’m sure you have drove by a dairy farm at one time or another in your life. Have you ever wondered what goes on there?
I grew up down the road from a local dairy farmer as a kid, but never talked to the local farmers about their day and what they do. To hear someone tell you why they farm and what it means to them is inspiring.
Our tour was in the awesome town of Frankenmuth, Michigan at the Golden Elm Dairy owned by Eric Frahm.
Not your grandpas farming
Farming is a job that requires skills. There is so much technology that is a part of farming now. The cows wear monitors that track their movement, their eating habits and the reports that are generated on each animal, allows the farmers to care and attend to each cows individual needs.
Computer maps out what is needed and where on the land for farming. It allows the appropriate fertilizers for the area to be applied.
College is important for farmers as well. There is a lot you learn hands on, but college is an important part as you bring something back to the farm, you might not have learned otherwise.
Farmers have different blends of food to give the cows as well to give them their nutrition that the need.
Vested interest in safe milk
Everyone has a vested interested in providing the best quality of milk to us the consumer. The farmer works with people to ensure the soil has the proper nutrients. He works with nutritionist and veterinaries to ensure the cows are cared for and get what they need.
I was surprised and impressed with the amount of testing done to ensure the milk we drink is safe.
The milk hauler owns his own semi truck. He tests and ensure that the milk he is picking up has been tested prior to picking it up. He is responsible for caring for the milk until it it taken to the processing plant. Milk is tested by the farmer prior to the milk being picked up to go to the processing plant. The milk hauler tests it before taking it on his truck and then it is tested once delivered to the processing plant prior to being unloaded from the truck. Everyone step it is tested to ensure it is safe for us to drink.