GUIDING PRINCIPLE: BIG SIZE, BIG RESPONSIBILITY
We’re proud to be a large dairy. It’s an opportunity for each of us at Davis Family Dairies to make dairy, and the world, better all around.
All births take place at New Sweden Dairy. Calves receive colostrum for their first feeding.
The fresher the milk, the higher the quality. Modern practices help us preserve that quality.
We source ingredients from local farmers to make a balanced mix that meets our cows’ needs.
HERD HEALTH & REPRODUCTION
The good health and fertility of our cows is very important to us. We utilize preventative vaccinations in addition to observing the cows several times per day to ensure prompt treatment of any health need.
We stay on top of our equipment to prevent failures that might affect efficiency and safety.
The story of Davis Family Dairies begins in the 1930s, when Stan Davis took on an apprenticeship in the butter business. This was steady and rewarding work during the Great Depression, and it soon led to an opportunity for Stan to own a small creamery. Having developed a true love for the industry, Stan seized the opportunity to be an important player in the Midwest dairy community.
In the 40s, Stan and his creamery provided butter to the war effort, building strong relationships with local farmers in the process. As the industry began to evolve in the 50s, Stan’s willingness to embrace new technology in the skimming of milk continued to benefit both the business and its products.
Now, two generations later, our dairies are some of the most successful and innovative in the industry. Stan is impressed by how far we’ve come, and proud that the values he holds so dearly, hard work, integrity, and dedication to quality, are still at the heart of everything we do.
Davis Family Dairies employs just over 100 people. We’ve gotten there by training and working with the people who get that our mission is to make the things we impact better. In fact, our head vet, Tom Jinkinson, was hired straight out of the veterinary school at the University of Minnesota. He’d participated in the Dairy Education Center at our New Sweden location, and we knew he was the perfect fit.
That’s what we look for. People who share our values. People who believe in our mission. People who will grow with us, but also help us grow.
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A LARGE DAIRY
We manage about 20,000+ cows and calves total, and 7,500 more are born each year. At this scale, even our smallest decisions make a huge impact. When we hire staff and buy feed from local farms, we’re helping build a strong community. When we manage our land responsibly, we’re saving or recycling a lot of natural resources. And by working with students and researchers, we are developing practices today that will lead to even more humane, efficient and socially responsible ways to help feed our world.
AREN’T SMALL DAIRIES BETTER?
Small dairies can utilize more traditional methods and serve local communities very well. But to meet the world’s growing demand for food, we believe that small and large dairies are both necessary, working together to fill different niches and serve the most consumers possible.
HOW MUCH DAIRY
Each day, we produce about 60,000 gallons of milk. This milk production results in a daily production of approximately 70,000 lbs. of cheese.
In addition, whey proteins and lactose are harvested at the cheese plant and are supplied to many companies that utilize these ingredients in food, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical products consumed in the United States and around the world.
All equipment that comes into contact with milk is made of food-grade stainless steel or an equivalent material approved for use as a food contact surface—and all cleaned daily or more frequently. Three times a day, we wash the milk parlors inside and out. Preventative maintenance to keep all our equipment running strong is also a daily job.