June Open House
Join us for the 9th Annual June Dairy Month Open House!
The 2016 June Dairy Open House will be held from 4pm to 7pm on June 22 at Maassen Dairy, 4723 Hickory Ave., Maurice.
To celebrate June Dairy Month, dairy farmers across western Iowa are inviting the public to a family-friendly event at Maassen Dairy near Maurice. The 9th annual event will include a dairy farm tour, free food and kids’ activities from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22. Parking is available at the farm, located at 4723 Hickory Avenue (two miles east of Hwy 75 on B-58, then south on Hickory Ave., or 6 miles west of Hwy 60 on B-58, then south on Hickory Ave.). The June Dairy Month Celebration is sponsored by Western Iowa Dairy Alliance and Midwest Dairy Association.
Visitors will tour Maassen 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, dairy nutritionists, dairy farmers and other experts will be available to answer questions. There will also be information about crop production and conservation, including the Sioux County conservation demonstration project hosted on the Maassens’ farm.
“We invite everyone to join us for a family-friendly evening on the farm to celebrate June Dairy Month and the role of dairy products in a healthy lifestyle,” said Lee Maassen, owner of Maassen Dairy. “Great-tasting dairy products start with healthy, comfortable cows, and we look forward to sharing how care for animals and the land we farm.”
Lee Maassen and his sons, Adam, Aaron and Stefan, own and operate Maassen Dairy. They are the fifth generation to milk cows near Maurice, Iowa. The farm has evolved over the years, with the most recent expansion and new milking parlor completed in 2015. They currently milk about 1,350 cows three times a day and raise calves, heifers and bulls on the farm. Cows are housed in freestall barns with sand bedding and 24 hour access to feed and water.
Maassen Dairy grows corn, alfalfa and rye crops in rotation, with all crops are used for feed for cows, heifers and calves raised on the farm. They have adopted a number of conservation practices and currently participate in a project to showcase nutrient loss reduction practices for area farmers.
Following the tour, guests will enjoy a free meal of barbecue beef sandwiches or hot dogs, as well as cheese curds provided by AMPI, Blue Bunny ice cream treats provided by Wells and milk provided by Dean Foods.
The open house will feature a Kid’s Fun Zone with games, activities and the chance to meet dairy calves. In addition to dairy, kids will have the opportunity to learn about beef cattle, soybeans, corn, and other agricultural products from representatives of Iowa State Extension, 4-H, Iowa Food & Family Project, Sioux County Cattlemen, Iowa Corn and other groups. Kate Stewart, Iowa State Dairy Princess, will attend and kids can make their own crowns to be royalty for a day.
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 [email protected]. Please visit MidwestDairy.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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