The Kennedy Family
Ashley and Eric Kennedy are third-generation dairy farmers from the thumb of Michigan. On Sheridan Dairy, Ashley and Eric manage their 240 Holstein and Jersey cows and all of the calves on the farm. Ashley’s parents, Greg and Shelly, oversee the crops.
Technology is an important part of dairy life on Sheridan Dairy. Robotic milkers allow the cows to be milked on their own schedules, and the cows wear activity monitors — similar to a Fitbit or pedometer — that track their physical activity and also allow Ashley to closely monitor their health. The calves are fed with automatic calf feeders which allow the calves to eat when they choose.
The cows are housed in a freestall barn where they have constant access to fresh food and water, are able to be milked, and can lay down or socialize whenever they want.
Ashley is active online where she talks about her love of dairy cows, cooking and running. She can be found at www.MessyKennedy.com and on Facebook and Instagram. When she’s not sharing about her life on the farm, Ashley can be found running on the roads near her farm and races throughout the state. She enjoys connecting with other runners and promoting chocolate milk as the perfect recovery beverage.
- Cow care is a top priority on the Kennedy’s farm; read about how Ashley and her family care for their animals on the Milk Means More blog.
- Ashley shares the details of spring planting and fall harvest, from finding the perfect planting window to storing the hay they harvest from the fields to feed their cows.
- Ashley loves running and is a proud member of Team Chocolate Milk!
“With the use of technology, we’re able to make sure our cows are happy and healthy.”
– Ashley Kennedy