S.D. dairy farms host open houses to celebrate June Dairy Month

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SIOUX FALLS – Agriculture United for South Dakota is pleased to announce that four South Dakota dairy farms will be hosting free, family-friendly open houses this summer. The dairies will showcase the diversity of South Dakota’s dairy industry as well as give the public an opportunity to see first-hand where the dairy products they enjoy get their start. Each open house will include a free lunch and a tour of the dairy farm.

Open houses will be held at:

• May 31 – Norling Open House, 29762 468th Ave., Beresford, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Join the Norling family to tour their newly built 56 cow tie stall barn and enjoy a free lunch.

• June 7 – Hilltop Dairy Tour, 48514 Highway 14, Elkton, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. As a part of Dairy Fest, Hilltop Dairy will be hosting bus tours leaving from the Swiftel Center in Brookings. The Reuvekamp family invites you to tour their 2,000 cow dairy, and learn more about the South Dakota dairy industry.

• June 14 – 7th Annual Day on the Farm at Royalwood Dairy, 48170 266th St., Brandon, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Join the Ode family to learn how milk is produced on their 260 cow farm and enjoy a free lunch. Children’s entertainer Phil Baker will perform at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and there will be kids make and take craft activities.

• July 12 – Cottonwood Ridge Dairy Open House, 25321 488th Ave, Garretson, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. See how dairy farmers are using new technologies to care for their cows at one of the first robotic dairies in the state. Join the Nussbaum family for a tour of their new milking barn and see the robotic milkers in action.

Ag United has hosted open houses in honor of June Dairy Month since 2008, giving thousands of South Dakota families the opportunity to meet dairy farm families and learn about this important industry. South Dakota dairy farms produce about 235 million gallons of milk and generate about $388 million in milk sales each year. Visit www.midwestdairy.com to learn more about dairy production and the role of dairy products in a healthy lifestyle.

“We appreciate the families willingness to open up their farm to their neighbors and surrounding communities,” said Rebecca Christman, outreach director for Ag United. “It is a great opportunity for people to see firsthand how committed South Dakota dairy farmers are to providing the best possible care for their cows and the environment.”

These events are sponsored in part by South Dakota Farm Families and Ag United, Midwest Dairy Association and South Dakota soybean farmers and their check-off.

Visit www.agunited.com, South Dakota Farm Families on Facebook, or @AgUnited4SD on Twitter for more information on June Dairy Month events or other activities.