Hospers, Iowa — Dairy farmers across western Iowa are inviting the public to a family-friendly event at Hickory Hill Farms near Hospers, Iowa, to celebrate June Dairy Month.
They tell us the annual event will include a dairy farm tour, a free meal, and activities from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14.
Visitors will tour Hickory Hill Farms, including opportunities to see where cows are milked, where they are housed and where they are fed, plus 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.
Steve Meissner of Hickory Hill Farms says they are excited to invite everyone to celebrate June Dairy Month with them by touring the dairy farm and seeing where the dairy products they enjoy get their start. He says, “Great-tasting dairy products start with healthy, comfortable cows, and we look forward to sharing how we care for animals and the land.”
The Meissners started milking in the 1890s with Great-Great Grandpa William Meissner in Sussex, Wisconsin. Steve and Scott Meissner are currently milking 4,000 cows two times a day in a double 32 parlor at their farm, at 4045 400th Street near Hospers.
Following the tour, guests will enjoy a free cheeseburger meal, as well as milk and ice cream. Guests will have the chance to meet dairy calves, and participate in kids’ activities, educational displays, machinery viewing, and much more.
The Iowa Dairy Princess and Dairy Ambassadors will also be in attendance.
The event is sponsored by Western Iowa Dairy Alliance in celebration of June Dairy Month.
For more information about the open house, visit www.wiadairy.com or “Western Iowa Dairy Alliance” on Facebook. Visit MidwestDairy.com for more stories from the farm, dairy nutrition information, and dairy recipes.