If everything goes as planned, Central Sands Dairy will start milking cows next spring. The new 3,000-cow dairy will be located about 1.5 hours north of
According to Gordie Jones, managing partner and veterinarian for Central Sands Dairy, the new dairy is a partnership with local potato grower Jim Wysocki, Wysocki Produce Farm,
The partnership with potato growers is a natural fit, explains Jones. Potatoes must be grown in rotation, and corn silage, alfalfa and rye all work well in that rotation.
The dairy will be similar to Fair Oaks Dairy and apply what the group has learned there in terms of keeping cows healthy, comfortable and productive. Cows will be bedded with sand and each cow will have her own free-stall bed. Cows will be milked 3X in a 72-cow rotary parlor. The dairy will employ 25 to 30 people.
The group applied for a permit in
“We think this area of
“The one thing I haven’t done yet in my career is be a dairyman,” says Jones. “I’m definitely excited about this opportunity.”