We came to America in 1985 and started milking 180 cows for a dairy farmer in Cottondale, Florida for the use of his barn and 40 acres. We leased 55 cows, with the $ 5,000 we had saved in Holland and started milking 20 hours a day. Working Cows Dairy operated in Cottondale for 2 years. Then we moved to a rented farm in Grand Ridge, FL in 1987 with 29 cows. In Grand Ridge the farm and the family grew. In four years three sons were born: Jonny, Mendy and Ike, and we worked our way up from 29 cows to 220 cows.
We moved again in 1991 to the farm we are at now in Slocomb, AL. For 15 years Working Cows Dairy operated as a traditional commercial dairy farm. Following traditional methods we were milking as many as 700 cows 3 times a day. The more we thought about what we where doing, the less happy we were with the practices of traditional dairy farming.
So early 2006 we made the decision to go organic and after some really hard years and many struggles we got our first milk sold on October 1st 2009. We had a contract with Horizon in late 2008 and 2009, where they had hoped more dairy farmers would follow us, that did not happen and they (Horizon) could no longer just pick up our milk.
That's why in May of 2010 we started to bottle our owm milk. Now we go too the next adventure and started making cheese by the Gouda recipe and with our own Raw, Organic, Grass Fed, Animal Welfare Approved Milk
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