|This Guy was born on Thursday the day b4 I arrived. Note the yellow tag on his ears*|
Living in Detroit all of my life I don't get many chances to visit Dairy Farms. So when the representative for UDIM United Dairy Industry of Michigan contacted me to go on a Michigan Blogger tour of Goma Dairy Farm in Marlette, Mi. I jumped at the opportunity.
|Giant Bottle newborn cows are fed their mother's milk (Colostrum)|
I am extremely happy that I did. Not only did I learn oodles of info for my noodle, I met a lot of Michigan Bloggers I hadn't met previously. This trip was definitely a win-win! Our trip started on huge, comfy, air conditioned Tour Bus. Driving to the upper parts of Michigan is always so serene. The vast acres of Land and farms are so inviting.
Goma Dairy Farm is a family run operation in every since of the word. Gertie, the mom of the bunch took all of us on the most detailed tour, I've ever been on. She answered every question I had (I had a ton as I'm sure you
know, LOL) It was just so hard for me to imagine my family working and living on a farm. But the Vandengoor's seem to do it with ease. I didn't know cows are no longer milked by hand, that's how behind the times I am, LOL. Nope, Cows are milked by a sophisticated automated system. Milk is never touched by human hands. Because of this Gertie has to go to her local Krogers to buy milk for the family that her own cows produce. Things that make you go hmmm,,,
|Automated Computerized Suction Milk Extraction System|
As soon as young cows are born they are separated from the mother cow into their own stall or area. This keeps the new cows clean and free of disease, and in essence keeps your milk free and clean of disease.I know many of us thought this was cruel, you know that separation anxiety issue, but the end justifies the means.
Each cow's utters are cleansed before and after milking to keep your milk the cleanest. Did you know milk is checked 11 times for purity? I didn't. No other food product is checked more!
|The Goma Dairy Farm fills 2 of these Giant Tankers Everyday!|
The Vandengoor's sell their milk to Krogers, and Meijer's and Yoplait for yogurt. If their is any milk left over they sell it to the company that makes Milk~Shakes for McDonald's. Now that's what I call being cost conscience. Not a drop of milk is wasted!
The tour showed us how milk comes from the cow to our refrigerators. If you're in Michigan, when you go to buy milk look for a 26 number after the date. This number means your milk was Made in Michigan.
Now to the goodies. The UDIM has generously agreed to give one of my followers their very own "Get Mooooving" Giveaway Pack which includes:
- "Get Mooving" Dairy re-useable grocery bag
- Magic Bullet 17 piece Hi-Speed Blender
- Dairy Recipes
- Got Milk baseball cap
- Dairy Themed Socks
- $50 Mastercard
|Get Moving Giveaway Pack!|