Host Day Farms

The Minnesota Holstein Association is excited to showcase an exceptional group of dairy farms, plants and companies during our host day farm tours on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. Full details about each of the stops included on the three different tour routes can be found below!

The day gets rolling at Dabru Dairy, where the Haase family raises 6,000 acres of corn, soybeans, alfalfa and wheat, and milks a herd of 550 cows. They utilize embryo technology while focusing on high genomic cow families. Next, you’ll visit Farm Life Creamery, the value-added product producer for Gee-Aye Registered Holsteins, which produces cheese, bottled milk, yogurt, and ice cream on-site. From there, the tour will take you to Shannon Dairy operated by the Shannon Hutterite Colony. Their farm features a robotic milking facility for 240 cows and a robotic calf barn along with 5,000 acres of crop land. Attendees will enjoy a hamburger lunch at Shannon Dairy before heading to HydroGreen in Sioux Falls. Here, attendees will learn about HydroGreen’s Automated Vertical Pastures™, which are indoor growing systems that produce fresh forage at commercial scale. HydroGreen equipment and
forage lead to research-backed animal performance outcomes, such as increased feed intake, increased milk production, and reduced methane emissions. With HydroGreen, dairy farmers can use resources more efficiently and gain operational flexibility to improve margins and scale. Includes breakfast and lunch. 

Tour Stops:

  • Dabru Dairy

  • Farm Life Creamery

  • Shannon Dairy

  • HydroGreen

 

Western Ways Farm Tour

Begin your day HydroGreen in Sioux Falls. Here, attendees will learn about HydroGreen’s Automated Vertical Pastures™, which are indoor growing systems that produce fresh forage at commercial scale. HydroGreen equipment and forage lead to research-backed animal performance outcomes, such as increased feed intake, increased milk production, and reduced methane emissions. With HydroGreen, dairy farmers can use resources more efficiently and gain operational flexibility to improve margins and scale. The next stop will take you to Boadwine Farms, homesteaded in 1874 and grown generation-by-generation into the modern dairy it is today. Your next stop will take you to South Dakota State University (SDSU) Davis Dairy Plant, where the student-run dairy and creamery together produce ice cream and cheese. Research at the dairy plant focuses on dairy ingredient creation and utilization and the microbial safety of dairy products. Then, travel to Ash Grove Dairy, which sits on a 55-acre site and manages 1,300 milking and dry cows in a cross-ventilated free stall barn. The farm features automatic calf feeders, a methane digester, and members of the Dabble, Paradise, Sheen, Shot Mindy and many more cow families. You’ll enjoy a pork loin sandwich meal at Ash Grove before rounding out the day at Newalta Dairy, LLC. Owned by the VanderWal and Ekkel families, Newalta Dairy has 4,000 milking and dry cows, they run over 1,200 acres of commodities, and milk three times a day in double 40 and double 12 parallel milking parlors. Includes breakfast and lunch. 

Tour Stops:

  • HydroGreen

  • Boadwine Farms

  • South Dakota State University (SDSU) Davis Dairy Plant

  • Ash Grove Dairy

  • Newalta Dairy, LLC

 

Great Northern Farm Tour

Your day starts just 12 miles from the convention center at Royalwood Farms, a 475-cow dairy with over 1,000 tillable acres operated by the 5th and 6th generations of Ode family members. Next on the tour, Mat-Ar-Dor Holsteins, owned by the Timmer family, welcomes you to their 135-cow dairy, where you’ll see their recently-upgraded pack pens, lean-to, and parlor. Home of over 30 EX cows, Mat-Ar-Dor has a BAA of 109.5 and heavily focuses on type while working with the Lila Z, Donna, Finesse, Mandy, Talley- Red and Grace-Red cow families, to name a few. From there, attendees will see the headquarters of reproductive technology leader, Trans Ova Genetics, highlighted by beef and dairy housing and Trans Ova’s first IVF and cloning lab. A prime rib sandwich meal will be served at Trans Ova before heading to Stensland Family Farm. At this family-owned farm and creamery, milk from the dairy is directly utilized to produce freshly bottled milk, ice cream, aged cheese and cheese curds. The final stop before returning will be HydroGreen. Here, attendees will learn about HydroGreen’s Automated Vertical Pastures™, which are indoor growing systems that produce fresh forage at commercial scale. HydroGreen equipment and forage lead to research-backed animal performance outcomes, such as increased feed intake, increased milk production, and reduced methane emissions. With HydroGreen, dairy farmers can use resources more efficiently and gain operational flexibility to improve margins and scale. Includes breakfast and lunch. 

Tour Stops:

  • Royalwood Farms

  • Mat-Ar-Dor Holsteins

  • Trans Ova Genetics

  • Stensland Family Farm

  • HydroGreen 

Southern Scenes Farm Tour

Meet our host farms!

Ash Grove Dairy
Newalta Dairy
HydroGreen
Mat-Ar-Dor Holsteins
Royalwood Farms
Boadwine Farms
Shannon Dairy
Farm Life Creamery