Ideal Dairy Farms
A family tradition of passion for cows,
our team, community and the land.

Milking


Our cows are milked three times a day. To milk 1,050 cows in a parlor that only holds 28 at a time it takes us about 6-7 hours per milking. We wash the parlor between each milking. With only twenty four hours in the day we milk “around the clock”! Every day we ship about 98,000 pounds of milk or 11,750 gallons!!! Wow!

While some may be familiar with the “Ideal Dairy” brand milk, we stopped packaging under our own name in 1987. Now Ideal Dairy produces the same quality milk, but contributes it to a cooperative pool with 1,577 dairies in the Northeast to be pasteurized, bottled, marketed and distributed to the consumer. Some familiar brands that our cooperative, DFA, supplies are Kraft, Chobani, Hershey, Sorrento and Hood. Although we are no longer processing and distributing our milk we remain committed to producing quality milk and take great pride in the maintenance and cleanliness of our facilities. Our milking staff places great emphasis on meeting and exceeding the quality markers established by our milk cooperative.

Cows enjoy calmness and appreciate consistency. We do our best to make sure they are milked at the same time everyday and their experience is a pleasurable one. Our cows know when it is milking time and they anticipate it. When their freestall gate is opened they head for the milking parlor and eventually work into a single file line to enter. Once settled into their spots each udder is sanitized and dried by hand and the milking machine applied. When all 14 cows in the set have finished milking they are released and they start to make their way back to the barn leaving room for a new set to enter, beginning the process again.

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