Preparing for Breakfast On The Farm ~ Photo Courtesy of UDIM
Jim and Pam Reid, along with their son Jeff, care for 220 cows and an additional 190 calves and young cows. The Reids started their dairy farm back in 1978 with just 50 cows. They feed their cows with the crops they grow, including 150 acres of hay, 450 acres of corn, 100 acres of wheat and 400 acres of soybeans. The Reids also enjoy educating the public about dairy farming and have over 1,000 people tour their farm each year.
Jim & Pam Reid ~ Photo Courtesy of UDIM
“Possibility and innovation excite me. It’s important to recognize everything that matters and improve it for the next person in your shoes.” – Jim Reid
The Reids do as much as they can to make their farm sustainable. They installed 96 solar roof panels that harness energy for the farm. Each panel produces 205 watts of electricity and help reduce annual electricity costs on the farm by about 30 percent. The cows’ bedding is made of pure Michigan sand, a natural material that results in increased cow comfort and higher milk quality. Water is recycled on the farm for use as a soil nutrient, cooling water (used to cool milk quickly to 40 degrees F) and for cleaning the milking parlor. This is only a few of their sustainability practices!
The Reids took us on an extensive tour of their farm. We were able to see where and how the cows are milked, where the milk is stored, the different barns where the cows live, and we even had the opportunity to see a tanker truck in action as it came for pick up!
Cows are very social animals! They loved coming right up to the fence whenever we were near ~ Photo Courtesy of UDIM
My favorite part of the tour had to be seeing all the baby calves. They were absolutely adorable and kept wanting to lick our hands! Some of them were as young as a week old.
This little guy really liked me! ~ Photo Courtesy of UDIM
Snug us a bug in a rug ~ Photo Courtesy of UDIM
It was a fabulous day getting to visit the farm, meet the Reids, and learn so much about their beautiful farm. You have an opportunity to visit a dairy farm too with the Breakfast On The Farm events. These events take place all over the state during the summer and would be a great outing for your family! The breakfasts are free and run from 9am - 1pm with breakfast ending at noon. For more information click here.
To celebrate National Dairy Month, Michigan Dairy News Bureau and UDIM have graciously provided me with a giveaway for my readers.
Got Milk? ~ Photo Courtesy of UDIM
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Magic Bullet Blender ~ Photo Courtesy of UDIM
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