Nov 29, 2012 at 9:24 am
BUFFALO, Minn. (KNSI) The Minnesota Milk Producers Association has named Blue Diamond Dairy in Melrose Minnesota’s 2012 Producer of the Year.
The announcement was made at this week's Midwest Dairy Expo in Saint Cloud.
Each year Minnesota Milk recognizes one outstanding dairy operation as the Producer of the Year for having a proven commitment to the dairy industry, managing its farm for future generations, and for being active in their local community.
Blue Diamond Dairy is operated by husband-and-wife team Glen and Sadie Frericks. The couple began farming seven years ago and purchased Blue Diamond five years ago.
Today, the Frericks own 75 cows, plus a small flock of laying hens and an assortment of other farm animals. Blue Diamond Dairy is what they call a "hybrid dairy," where the herd lives and grazes outside in the warm months and moves inside during the freezing months.
The Frericks’ say their primary goal is to constantly make the farm better for the animals, the environment, their family and their community.