The October tour featured many of the same stops as the first trip, including Michigan Sugar Crosswell Processing Plant, Roto Z Dairy, Z-Fresh Dairy, Aquila Farms LLC, Aurora Farms, Vanderploeg Friesians, Westvale-Vu Dairy/MOO-ville, Mensch Manufacturing, Fair Oaks Farms and Shuler Dairy.

In addition, this tour visited Homestead Dairy in Plymouth, Indiana. The Houin family has a new 400,000-square-foot, cross-tunnel ventilated barn with 24 robots, as well as three group-housing calf barns with automated feeders. Homestead Dairy also has an anaerobic methane digester and a parlour-based dairy. It milks over 5,000 cows in total.  end mark

View the slideshow below by clicking on the image. Photos provided by Harold House.


PDO tours U.S. farms for a second time