June Open House
Thank you to Guests, Volunteers and Sponsors!
More than 1,500 people enjoyed an evening on the dairy farm to celebrate June Dairy Month. WIDA’s 8th annual event included a tour of Dykstra Dairy, free food and kids’ activities from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 25. The June Dairy Month Celebration was sponsored by Western Iowa Dairy Alliance and Midwest Dairy Association.
Visitors toured Dykstra Dairy, including opportunities to see where cows are milked, where they are housed and fed, and learn about the role of milk and dairy products in a healthy diet. Veterinarians, nutritionists, dairy farmers and other experts were available to answer questions.
Following the tour, guests enjoyed a free meal of barbecue beef sandwiches, as well as Blue Bunny ice cream treats provided by Wells and milk provided by Dean Foods.
The open house featured a Kid’s Fun Zone with games, activities and the chance to meet dairy calves. In addition to dairy, kids had the chance to learn about beef cattle, soybean, corn, and other agricultural products from representatives of Iowa State Extension, 4-H, Iowa Food & Family Project, Sioux County Cattlemen and other groups. Mikayla Lien, Iowa State Dairy Princess, attended and kids made their own crowns to be royalty for a day.
“We are proud to celebrate June Dairy Month and the ways dairy makes sense for families today,” said Darin Dykstra, owner of Dykstra Dairy. “The open house is a great opportunity for people to see where those dairy products get their start and how today’s dairy farmers are caring for animals and being good stewards of the land.”
Dykstra Dairy began milking cows at its location near Maurice, Iowa, in February 2003. They currently milk about 3,000 cows three times a day in state of the art facilities. Cows are housed in freestall barns with 24 hour access to feed and water. The dairy also raises calves and replacement heifers, and grows corn for feed.
Dairy farming is a Dykstra family tradition. Both of Darin’s grandfathers emigrated from The Netherlands in the 1920s and started milking cows by hand. Darin and Linda Dykstra and their two sons left their family dairy farm in Ontario, California, in 2002, to build Dykstra Dairy in Iowa.
June Dairy Month is a great opportunity to celebrate the efforts of Iowa’s dairy farmers as they deliver a wholesome and nutritious supply of milk and dairy products and make a significant contribution to the state’s economy and rural communities. Dairy is the fifth largest agricultural business in Iowa, generating $4 billion a year in economic activity from farming to dairy processing. There are about 1,400 dairy farms in the state, and about 98 percent of the state’s farms are family-owned.
For more information about the open house, visit www.wiadairy.com or “Western Iowa Dairy Alliance” on Facebook, or contact 712-441-5308 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit DairyMakesSense.com for more stories from the farm, dairy nutrition information and dairy recipes.
Western Iowa Dairy Alliance is a non-profit organization working as an advocate for the dairy producer and all those who support this industry with commitment and integrity, allowing us to bring the very best, most nourishing products to market, every day. For more information, visit www.wiadairy.com.
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