Reid Dairy Farm

Learning about Dairy Production at Reid Dairy Farm #MIDairy

Dairy Cows
Earlier this week I did a post on ways to find out where your food comes from and a way to track it from the codes on your packaging. But what about where it comes from as far back as the farm? I’ll admit it – I’m a city girl, I know there are farms out there but I don’t usually visit them.
Reid Dairy Farm

I was invited with other local bloggers to tour Reid Dairy Farm in Jeddo, Michigan. We were joined with Dietitians, Veterinarians and other dairy farmers to answer any questions we may have before, after or during the tour. Not being a farmer or know much about their day to day processes we had quite a few!

Reid Dairy farm is a family farm that currently have 220 dairy cows as well as 190 calves and young cows. The farm is currently run by the Reid family as well as their son Jeff. It is also an eco-friendly farm, using solar panels to provide a portion of their power, grow their own feed and use the manure as their own fertilizer.

Milking Machine

Every day each of the 220 dairy cows on the Reid farm produce about 10 gallons of milk each, that means a total of more than 2000 gallons daily! Since the cows produce so much milk they have to be milked three times a day.

Put that image of the farmer on a stool milking a cow out of your head, everything is now done on an automated system. After a test squeeze is done to make sure the cow’s milk is clean, and a sanitation of the udders the cows are hooked up to the milking machine. That is the last time the milk will touch human hands until you receive it at your home, and the whole process only takes about 8 minutes!

Milk Tank

Once the milk leaves the cow it is instantly pumped between cooling plates and put into the large tank to wait until it is picked up every other day. The milk coming from the cow comes out over 100 degrees, but has to be cooled to under 40 degrees for food safety reasons.

Every two days a large 10,000 gallon tanker truck comes and picks up the raw milk product to deliver it to the processing plant. Between pick up and your table the milk is tested 12 times for any chemicals, contaminants and hormones making sure your milk products are as healthy as you hope. All tests and processing equipment are cleaned and sterilized daily.

Dairy Cows

So what about those cows? Besides being quite cute and quiet social animals, they’re actually quite pampered. The cows on the Reid Dairy Farm are separated in groups by their age and are well treated. The cows live in an open air barn with large cooling fans so they wont get over heated during the hot summer months (and it keeps bugs away). The barn also has walls that can be dropped down during cooler months to keep the cows warmer during the winter – but we were told they tend to like the cold weather!

Their diet consists of wheat, soybean and grains all grown on the farm with added supplements. They are constantly visited by their Vet and their health is one of the biggest concerns of the Reid family. Making sure their cows remain healthy is one of the goals so they can keep providing healthy milk for years to come.

Baby Cow

A farm tour would not be complete without a visit to the babies. The Reid Dairy Farm have calves as new as a week old, and all were ready to greet us with kisses and adorable big eyes. The calves are bottle fed until they learn to eat from buckets and are big enough for the larger barn. They’re just at the beginning stage of their dairy farm journey!

You can find Reid Dairy Farm on Facebook!

To find out more about Breakfast on the Farm and the chance to tour local dairy farms check out my post here!

25 thoughts on “Learning about Dairy Production at Reid Dairy Farm #MIDairy

  1. Are they always int he barn together like that is my concern. (I wouldn’t want to be squished together all day). On another note, the baby is too darn cute!!

    1. They are in the barn most of the day, except when they go to be milked or are going for check ups. What you can’t see in the picture is a TON of space behind them – they squish themselves up like that for the food, but there definitely is space for them to move!

  2. I live on a farm that used to be a family-owned dairy farm. I wish it still was! The smell is unpleasant, but the daily life lessons are priceless. My husband grew up on this farm and it shaped him into an amazing man. It’s unfortunate that so many family farms can’t survive anymore.

  3. living in the country my family is so use to having cows around– Dairy Days here is a big turn out– We are all big milk drinkers,We have had a lot of people from California come in and take over alot of the diaries here, its been interesting watching the change. Thanks for the giveaway

  4. Awww! The baby is so cute! I would love to tour a farm and learn more about the farm animals. I didn’t realize that milk came out so hot. I learn something new everyday! 🙂

  5. It’s so nice to hear how well these cows are taken care of and treated so good. I also like that they have fans on in the summer months to keep them cool.

  6. I am not sure how I feel about visiting where the cows are. As long as they are healthy, happy and well cared for that’s all that matters to me.

  7. What a great and caring farm this is The Reid family really care about their product being healthy and good for the consumer. I think the cows are so cute and the baby cow was darling. What an interesting post. I learned a lot!

  8. Reid Dairy Farm has a nice green and facility. I love milk but, but never had fresh unprocessed milk before, and wonder what it tastes like.

  9. We love to take a tour of the local dairy. It is a great reminder of all of the hard work that farmers do to supply food to so many people.

  10. Always love spending time on farms. If I was in MI instead of KY that would be a good way to spend a day.

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