Join the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW) on Sept. 25-26 as we travel the picturesque southern Idaho landscape graced with dairies and dairy processing plants.
We'll explore Idaho's Magic Valley, home for 70 percent of the state's cows, and a region that provides excellent feed availability, a generally cool year-round climate to keep cows happy, with good water and land availability.
Highlights of the dairy tour include:
- Bettencourt Dairies has eight milking facilities, more than 42,000 milking cows and 7,500 heifers. We'll learn the tactics in place that have Bettencourt Dairies' owners, partners and staff embracing the farm's motto: "If you get up every day and enjoy what you're doing, it's not a job; it's a hobby."
- Double A Dairy milks 13,000 Holsteins and is part of the Aardema Group which has 30,000 milk cows and 24,000 heifers. The tour will look at the dairy's anaerobic digest system completed in 2011. This digester is the largest in the United States, processing more than 500,000 gallons of manure daily.
- Idaho Milk Products is the vision of three American dairy families that has become and international milk processing leader. The company is the world's largest dedicated milk protein concentrate and milk protein isolate processing plant.
- Crestview Calves has expanded significantly through the years and today has three locations housing 38,800 calves. We'll explore and talk with those who make things happen on the calf ranch's 26,500-head Crestview facility.
- Si-Ellen is a family owned dairy milking 10,500 Holsteins and 600 Jerseys. In 2013, Si-Ellen was honored as the Outstanding Dairy Producers of the Year. Zero in and learn about their emphasis on conservation and how this emphasis is paying off.
- Glanbia Foods, a U.S. division of Glanbia, PLC, is the world's largest producer of American-style cheese. We'll meet with David Perry, a leader on Glanbia Foods' technical team who is the Director of Cheese Research and Development, and be among the first to view the company's new Cheese Innovation Center.
For more information, see www.PDPW.org.