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DBMMC Member Profile: Weiland Dairy LLC

Wednesday, May 31, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joanna Wavrunek, social media specialist
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Farmers: Roger and Tamara Weiland and sons Brady, Brett and Bryce
Columbus, Wis.

When was your farm established?
We are not sure the year the farm was established, but our sons are the fifth generation to work on the farm.  

How long have you shipped to Grande Cheese?
17 years

How many cows do you milk?
Around 450

How many family members work on the farm?
Two full-time, three part-time

How many employees do you have?

We have eight 8 employees

What is some interesting technology that you use around the farm?
Easy Feed software – basically a recipe card formulated by our nutritionist that gets sent to the tractor telling us how much of each commodity to mix into the cow’s total mixed ration. Our veterinarian uses ultrasounds technology to check to see if the cows are pregnant and what sex the baby calf will be.

What is your milk made into?

Award-winning Italian style cheeses

What it your favorite dairy product?
We eat them all! Butter, cheese, yogurt and ice cream!

Where do you see the future of your farm?
Growing and changing in ways that will help us to accommodate and incorporate the fifth generation of our family to work on the farm. We would like to continue producing a wholesome, high-quality product.

What is your favorite job on the farm?
Brady – Managing staff, excited to see new calves being born out of new bulls and see how his daughters turn out, genetics side
Tammy – Mowing lawn, gives me time to think
Roger – Walking and monitoring the cows

What are you most proud of?
We are proud of our staff and the quality of milk we produce with their help. This allows Roger and Brady to focus on other aspects of the dairy because the employees have such great attention to detail. We are also proud of the relationships we’re had with consultants over the years.  We are proud that our farm has survived hardships, such as our barn fire, and still raised our family on the farm and built a successful business. Family is very important to us. We are proud of our three sons and appreciate being able to raise them on the farm.

Is there someone that has influenced you and your farm’s success?
All consultants have played a role in our success, even in the early years.

What is something you think is important for customers to know about your dairy farm?
We care about our cows and their comfort. Happy cows produce more milk. We take pride in the care of our cows and the high-quality product they produce. We try to set good examples for our employees so they will follow in our footsteps in the care they provide for our cows. We are aligned with our processor, Grande Cheese, with a high standard for the morals and values we believe in.

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