We recently were a part of a small group of young cooperators (YC) that took a tour up to visit some immaculate dairies in southern Idaho. We crammed just as many of us as we could into a van and headed out for Idaho.
Our first dairy stop was the Si-Ellen Dairy. The dairy is operated by Mike Roth and his 7 siblings. They relocated from Washington and Oregon in 1994. The dairy is immaculately clean and pristine for such a large operation. There calving facility was by far one of the best I’ve seen. They take great pride, as we all do, in keeping things neat and tidy and ready for a tour group to drop by anytime.
Next we loaded back up and headed out to the Whitesides dairy. It is another dairy that is very well kept. They are also a family business comprised of 8 general partners. Whitesides dairy Inc also has one of only 2 dairies in Hawaii. That’s the next dairy on my last I want to visit.
Our last dairy was Midway dairy run by Allan Jarrett and his family. Another very clean place. One of his boys who is a DVM has added a high tech blood lab right on sight. Jarretts ate also known for there bull stable. We had even added some to our own herd years ago.
I really enjoy getting out to see other dairies. I always seem to pick up a few things I like or that we could do better on our own place. Even if it’s something as simple as the way they latch a gate differently.
One thing that you always hear at least once when your with a group of dairy men and women, is how dairying is “in our blood”. It’s something we love and in most cases, something ever loved for generations. I feel very fortunate to be a small part of this great industry.