Our Family Dairy
at Hastings Dairy Farm
in Burton, Ohio
Our Family Farm
This farm is a family farm. Did you know 98% of U.S. dairy farms are owned and operated by families? We like being part of a business that cares for animals and produces quality milk. The farm is home to 600 milk/dry cows plus young stock. A dedicated staff help care for the animals.
Cows need a Healthy Diet
It's important for dairy cattle to eat a balanced diet. That's why we work with a nutritionist to make sure our animals get all the nutrients they need depending on their stage in life. Some feed is purchased and some is grow at the farm. Currently, we grow corn for silage, grass hay, rye grass and Sudan grass. For more information, check out my blog posts Dairy Diet-What do cows eat? and Dairy Diet Part 2.
They enjoy Relaxing in their House
Our cows spend their days in comfortable freestall barns with individual beds, fans to keep them cool, fresh water to drink and nutritious food to eat. They can move about to eat, drink, rest and socialize whenever they like. They are healthy, comfortable and content in this environment which was created especially to meet their needs. To learn more, see my blog posts Why do cows live in barns?
Daily trips to the Milking Parlor
The cow's are milked three times/day in a double-12 herringbone milking parlor. There are cows being milked on the farm around the clock with down time about every 7 hours to clean the barn and equipment. Click here to take milk's journey from cow to table. We're interested in sharing the story of our family farm and answering your questions. Check out the Frequently Asked Questions on Brenda's Dairy Mom blog.
We bottle milk on-farm at Rowdy Cow Creamery. This milk is sold at the farm daily during daylight hours. It's also available in local retail stores. Our product line includes white and flavored milk in half gallons and pints and buttermilk in pints.
We also ship milk to Rothenbuhler Cheesemakers which is located just 6 miles from our farm. Rothenbuhler Cheesemakers was founded by the Rothenbuhler family in 1956. Today, this company, known for it's award winning Swiss cheese, has grown to one of the largest Swiss cheese makers in the U.S.