Longs Peak Dairy Pierce, Colorado The Greeley Tribune recently published a feature story about Longs Peak Dairy in Weld County, Colorado. The newspaper wanted its readers to know that much of the milk available for purchase at area grocery stores is produced close to home, at operations like Longs Peak Dairy. The dairy began with 40 milking cows in 1968 and has grown to 4,800 milking cows. Click here to read the Greeley Tribune article.
KCUR radio in Kansas City, Missouri, explained why some dairies have relocated from California to the Midwest. The piece featured Marty DeHoog, a third-generation dairyman from California’s Chino Valley who recently relocated his farm to eastern Nebraska due to California’s increased urbanization. DeHoog is currently renting a dairy in Seward, Nebraska. He hopes to build a new farm eventually.
Birchrun Hills Farm
The Philadelphia Inquirer profiled Sue and Ken Miller of Birchrun Hills Farm, an 80-cow dairy near Philadelphia. The article’s focus was the family’s decision to create added-value products from their dairy’s milk, specifically, six raw milk cheeses sold at regional natural food stores and farmers’ markets.
The Millers sell milk to Wawa and Land O’Lakes, but they say it was the cheeses that helped save their farm. The article reads: “About nine years ago, declining milk prices and rising costs had Miller and her husband, Ken, worried they might lose the small farm they hoped one day to pass on to their two sons. Like other small dairy operators across the country, the first-generation farmers decided they needed to innovate to survive.”