Dairy Farming Sustainability

People. Planet. Community.

Since 1944 The U.S. Dairy Industry Produces a Gallon of Milk Using

%

Less Land

%

Less Water

%

Less Manure

%

of total U.S. gas emissions

Water is Recycled Up To Six Times on a Dairy Farm

In the refrigeration systems that cool the temperature of fresh milk after being collected

To clean cows’ udders after milking

To flush out calf barns

To flush the lanes where cows stand while eating

In the manure lagoon which is used to fertilize crops

In methane digesters that use gas to produce energy

Dairy Farmers Take Care to Preserve the Land

Soil erosion is greatly reduced through efforts to maintain soil health. This in turn  helps retain and conserve water.  Also, growing crops for cow feed on farmland not only cuts back on emissions from transporting feed in from an outside source, the acres of plants use carbon dioxide in the air, releasing oxygen in return.

Fun Fact

Satellite images have shown that during corn growing season, the Midwest shows more photosynthetic activity than anywhere on earth.

Benefits from Open House

Wildlife

Farms provide a resting place for birds during migratory season; a source of starch for bees, when flowers are not in bloom, from harvested corn piles; a home for burrowing owls in surrounding ditch banks.

Community

Connecting with the community by sharing the true farm to table story through tours and conversations.

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