The University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine and Davis Family Dairies, LLC recently celebrated the private grand opening of New Sweden Dairy, LLC in Nicollet County, Minn.
The private event included politicians, local and state officials, and various industry representatives. Sponsors of the new facility were also recognized at the opening. The founding donors are Pfizer Animal Health, Cambria Natural Quartz Surfaces, Davisco Foods International, Inc., Zinpro, Diamond V and AgStar.
A public grand opening will take place in June 2010 in conjunction with National Dairy Month.
The new dairy facility houses more than 4,000 cows in addition to 3,000 milking cows at Northern Plains Dairy, LLP, another dairy owned by Davis Family Dairies. The two dairies combined employ 75 people. The New Sweden site serves as a birthing center for more than 6,000 calves per year and milks 3,000 cows daily. It also includes dormitory facilities, classrooms, and teaching laboratories.
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