Milk: Made in Michigan
If you’ve ever wondered where milk comes from, you’ll find the answer by visiting a Michigan dairy farm. The majority of milk sold at retail in Michigan comes from Michigan dairy farms. That’s right: Milk is a local food.
Do you happen to know a dairy farmer? All you need to do is ask them. Ask how they produce high-quality milk and where their milk is shipped. Ask how they care for their cows and the land. Ask anything. Dairy farmers are proud of the work they do and happy to share the story of their livlihood.
Another option is to visit a dairy farm that routinely hosts dairy farm tours or events:
Breakfast on the Farm (held at various Michigan farms, including dairy farms)
Dairy Discovery at Swiss Lane Farms, Alto, MI
Green Meadow Farms, Elsie, MI
Mooville, Nashville, MI
Country Dairy, New Era, MI
Kensington Metropark Farm Center, Milford, MI
Wolcott Mill Metropark Farm Center, Ray, MI
In May, 12 health care professionals learned first-hand how milk is produced when they toured Horning Farms in Manchester, Michigan. They had the opportunity to talk with members of the Horning family as well as the farm’s large animal veterinarian and animal nutritionist. They also:
• Saw, felt and smelled the nutritionally-balanced feed that the cows eat
• Learned how cows are milked and felt the gentle suction of the milking machine
• Saw the sand bedding where the cows rest whenever they want
• Saw the cleanliness of the facility, milking equipment and milk storage tanks
• Heard about recycling and environmental protection
• Learned that cows receive regular medical care, periodic check-ups, vaccinations and prompt treatment of illness
• Saw the well-cared-for cows
The health care professionals loved learning about how milk is produced. They found all aspects of dairy farming to be interesting and enlightening, and in particular, “That milk goes through so many quality and safety check-points”; “How carefully everything is done, with attention to safety”; and “How kind and caring the people on the farm are.”
You, too, can visit a dairy farm to experience how milk is made in Michigan!