Last Saturday was ideal for our inaugural “Day on the Farm” at Canyon View Farm in Midway, UT (home of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese). Blue sky, green grass, warm weather, free pizza and ice cream…it was terrific!
Beautiful Day for Delivering Dairy Goodness
The day was designed by the Dairy Farmers of Utah in conjunction with Dominos’ Pizza’s “Delivering Dairy Goodness” initiative as a way to introduce people to the goodness of where their food comes from. Utah’s farmers wanted to give people a chance to experience the farm – its beauty, its lifestyle and offer a connection to the agricultural world of dairy.
The day featured farm tours, a petting zoo, a bouncy house, music, family games and crafts, face painting, a Domino’s pizza prize wheel in addition to dairy goodness of course – pizza, ice cream, milk & string cheese!
Love the animals!
Free Pizza for All
We would like to thank all of those who took time out of their busy schedules to come experience farm life and have a bit of fun! Thank you to our generous vendors & sponsors (Northstar of Utah, AgrAbility, Gossner Foods, Aggie Ice Cream, FFA – Wasatch Chapter, Mom it Forward). What an event! Stay tuned for future, follow-up events.
What a Day! Chocolate Milk and Ice Cream – at the same time
Meet my friend the pig…
Additional “Delivering Dairy Goodness” Events are scheduled to take place around the country later this summer. Check out the schedule.
Featured Farm Photo – June 2013
Let’s Celebrate Dairy Month!
Canyon View Farm
Our June Featured Farm Photo not only ushers in Dairy Month (June is a celebration of all things dairy), it is an open invitation to come spend a “Day on the Farm.” Come meet a dairy farm family, enjoy free pizza & ice cream, bounce around in a bouncy house, have your face painted, visit a petting zoo, take a farm tour, or make a farm-inspired craft.
WHEN: June 8, 2013 10am – 2pm
WHERE: Canyon View Farm – 970 N. River Rd. Midway
WHAT: Domino’s Pizza teams up with The Dairy Farmers of Utah to promote “Delivering Dairy Goodness.” Celebrate the hard work and passion our farmers bring from the dairy goodness of their farms to your table.
This photo was taken on a crisp spring morning – Holsteins out on pasture enjoying the beauty and deliciousness of Midway, UT.
Canyon View Farms is a 4th-generation dairy farm operated by the Kohler family. The dairy is now home to Heber Valley Artisan Cheese and is truly a labor of love.
Staci and Jarom Nelson – Staci’s family farm is just on the other side of the mountain!
Jarom Nelson grew up on a dairy farm in Brigham City, UT. Stacey Zilles-Nelson grew up on a dairy farm in College Ward, UT. The two farms were separated by a big mountain that stood in each of their respective backyards. In the early 2000′s, without interest from his sons, Jarom’s father sold his cows. At the time, Jarom thought that dairy farming wasn’t what he wanted for his future, but a few years later, after working elsewhere, he realized that dairy farming is actually what he wanted to do and the environment in which he wanted to raise his family. So he bought a few Jersey cows and moved them back into the dairy. Jarom married Staci, and to the marriage and the dairy she brought with her some of her family’s Holsteins.
Together they live and operate Triple Peaks Jerseys where they raise registered cattle and enjoy showing them at dairy shows throughout the state. Staci just coordinated the Junior Show at the recently held Richmond Black and White Days, and the couple are committed to sharing their profession with the community.
The Jr. Showmanship Show – Richmond Black & White Days 2013
Want to meet the Nelsons and one of their Jerseys?
Visit the Domino’s Pizza store in Highland, UT
(5349 W 11,000 N Highland UT 84003)
on June 1st 2013 between 4-6.
Meet a farmer, pet a cow, and grab a slice!
From Guest Blogger & 2013 Dairy Ambassador Lacey Papageorge
Lacey Teaches 2nd Graders About the Importance of 3 Daily Servings of Dairy
As a current Utah Dairy Ambassador I have had the pleasure to attend and participate in Farm Field Days. Farm Field days are annual spring and fall events held on local farms – a field trip for elementary school students where kids see and learn about where their food comes from. While at the farm, the students rotate between about 14 stations where they learn about things like plants and soil, animals, and nutrition. I am lucky enough to get to teach the Dairy Station.
During each teaching session, my co-ambassador and I try to pack in as much dairy information as possible. We teach that dairy involves all things milk, and we explain that milk comes from dairy cows. We always ask kids what their favorite dairy products are, and the typical favorites include milk, cheese, and yogurt, of all flavors. We teach them that dairy foods are important for growing bodies and that consuming dairy supports strong bones and teeth. Through an interactive activity we encourage kids to remember 3 daily servings!
Cool Kids at Farm Field Days – 2013
After talking about our products I talk about the cows and how their milk gets to the store – highlighting a few key points…
- Cows drink about a bathtub full of water every day, and they eat a lot too!
- Cows are milked two or three times a day.
- A machine is used to suck the milk out of cows’ udders after which it is transported down stainless steel pipes into a bulk tank where it is cooled to about 36 degrees. Milk is held in the tank until the milk truck comes each morning.
- The truck is hooked up to the tank and the milk is pumped directly into the truck. Once the truck is full it is driven to a Dairy Plant.
- Once at the plant, milk samples are tested & the milk is pasteurized – safety is #1 priority for dairy farmers!
- Then the milk gets made into all different types of dairy products.
Kids have questions…
I have often been asked where baby cows come from and why we milk cows with a machine. I love how inquisitive these young kids are and have fun answering their questions.
A Chilly morning for Farm Field Days
Teaching at Farm Field Days is one of my favorite things. I love see the look on the kids’ faces and their amazement when you say that a cow weights as much as all of them put together. I love that I can share my passion with these kids, their parents, and their teachers. I was able to spend two days on the farm in Utah County in April. It was pretty cold and rained on us, but we still had a lot of fun. In May I taught in Salt Lake County for two days with my Co-Ambassador Hadley Bingham. We had fun working together. By attending these four days I have been able to teach over 3,000 kids about the Dairy Industry. I am excited to attend more events and continue to share my passion.
Lacey Papageorge grew up on a dairy farm in Farr West, Utah. She is currently a student at Utah State University where she is studying Dairy Science.
Featured Farm Photo
May 2013 – Barex Dairy
Lucky Momma with her spring litter of kittens
Life on a dairy farm isn’t ALL about cows, and Taunya Otten’s photo this month illustrates another element of life on the farm. (Read more about Barex Dairy in Centerfield, UT)
This is my daughter’s cat, Lucky Momma, who has the cutest litters of kittens every year! Each kitten is an entirely different color, and it is always so fun when she has them! Cats have been a part of farm life for us since I was a little girl. I remember one siamese cat that we had who could catch four mice at a time out of the grain bin! He would also climb right up your coveralls and perch on your shoulder while we scooped grain for the cows in the barn. He would just wait for a mouse to show up and ZOOM! – after it he went. Too bad we never captured a video!
We love cats because they are great rodent control. My home is in the middle of acres of cultivated fields, but never once have we had a mouse problem in 15 years. I always try to keep at least one cat around the house that is tame. I have never had a cat IN the house, but we love petting our outside cat and her kittens. There are also several ‘farm’ cats who live around the haystacks, but they are too wild to catch.
And one more note about our ‘Lucky Momma’… Hank, our Great Dane who weighs almost 200 pounds and shadows us around the farm is scared to death of her!
More from our Featured Farm Photo Series:
April 2013 – City Boy Turned Dairy Farmer
March 2013 – Blanketing Our Babies
February 2013 – A Chilly Winter Morning on the Farm
Hal & Devin Olsen – Generations on the Farm
In the U.S., dairy farming remains a family affair! Across the country 98% of dairy farms are owned and operated by families, and the trend is the same in Utah and Nevada. Regardless of farm size (number of cows), dairy farm families are committed to producing a wholesome product in the safest, most sustainable way possible. Hal and Devin recently updated their milk parlor to improve efficiencies and the milking experience for each cow. One of their keys to maintaining a healthy herd of dairy cows and producing consistently high quality milk is simple – Keep the barn clean! After each milking, Hal and Devin clean the equipment so they are ready for the next. At Halo Holsteins, cows are milked twice each day. (Read more about A typical day for Hal).
Keeping a clean milk parlor is one of our major priorities!
The layout of the milk parlor allows for good consistent flow. Cows are creatures of habit, so having a convenient, known routine is imperative for their comfort.
Computers serve an important function on modern dairy farms. Devin utilizes a program to track each cow. He is able to monitor her milk production, movement, health, and breeding history, which gives him a really good understanding of each and every cow on the dairy. If something seems amiss one day, that cow is flagged and evaluated. Hal loves that Devin is a whiz on the computer!
Milk Parlor Design – Herringbone Style
With two generations currently on the farm and the third growing up (Devin and his wife just had a baby), Hal and Devin hope to continue their legacy of milking cows in Utah’s beautiful Cache Valley.
What one local dietitian learned on a recent (and first) dairy farm visit.
by: Kary Woodruff MS, RD, CSSD
Cheese Tasting at Heber Valley Cheese (Canyon View Farms)
I recently had the fortunate opportunity to take a tour of some of Utah’s dairy farms – an experience more insightful than I had anticipated. I am not sure what I expected – perhaps to see some cows being milked and several large vats of milk? But this isn’t what I saw. Instead, I witnessed and experienced a way of life.
For generations, these dairy farm families have poured their hearts and souls into what they produce – dairy – a product that not only sustains them economically, but a product that provides quality nourishment for all of us.
If I had to find one word to describe the feeling I got from these farms it would be pride. All the farmers we meet took time from their incredibly full days to show us their livelihood. It quickly became apparent that this was more than just a way of making a living. Though, like many industries, the economic situation for dairy farmers has been bleak these past few years, I saw passion in these families. For them, dairy farming not only seemed to be something they did, it seemed a part of who they are. They believe in what they do and they stand behind their products.
Calf Hutches at Bateman Mosida Farms
My appreciation for dairy products deepened through this process. The milk produced on these farms came from cows that are treated humanely and respectfully. They get fresh air daily and are not crammed in the tight quarters I imagined them to be. Nor are they pumped with high doses of hormones and antibiotics as we are lead to believe from the media. These are cows doing what their bodies are designed to do in a safe and ethical manner. My experience revealed quite plainly that quality dairy is being produced from quality ingredients.
Time for Milking! Bateman Mosida Farms
I went home that night and enjoyed my glass of milk more than I ever had. I had a much deeper respect for the process that brought this carton from the dairy farm up the road to my own refrigerator. If you ever get an opportunity such as this I recommend you take it! You sure won’t take your dairy foods for granted!
Kary Woodruff is the sport dietitian at The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital in Murray, UT.
If you are interested in visiting a dairy farm and learning a bit more about what local farming is all about, please contact us!