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DBMMC Member Profile: Truttmann Dairy LLC

Thursday, June 1, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joanna Wavrunek, social media specialist
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Farmer: Dan Truttmann
Blanchardville, Wis.

When was your farm established?
Our farm was established in 1899. I am the fifth generation of Truttmanns on the farm.

How long have you shipped to Brewster Cheese?
Three years

How many cows do you milk?
We milk 350 cows and farm 800 acres

How many family members work on the farm?
Three full-time family members work on the farm and three family members work part-time

How many employees do you have?
We have nine full-time employees

What is some interesting technology that you use around the farm?

GEA automatic calf feeder (started using December 2016) and SCR rumination and activity monitor

What is your milk made into?
Brewster swiss and cheddar cheeses

What it your favorite dairy product?
Ice cream and Greek yogurt

Where do you see the future of your farm?
We plan to make the best use of technological advancements that are available. We use technology to help take the best possible care of our animals and save on labor. We do plan to have incremental herd growth in future years and possibly robotic milkers in the future.

What is your favorite job on the farm?

Taking care of the calves!

What are you most proud of?
We try very hard to maintain a good image for our fellow farmers, neighbors, and customers. We make sure the cattle and farm are always clean and well-maintained. We always want to portray a positive image of farmers for the community. That is something I learned at an early age from my grandfather.

Is there someone that has influenced you and your farm’s success?

I learned at an early age that your character was important. I also learned good animal husbandry principles from my father and grandfather. They always strived to have good relationships with their neighbors.

I have stayed in touch with several of my professors from UW-Madison after my college days. They have served as great resources over the years.

What is something you think is important for customers to know about your dairy farm?
We strive to take excellent care of our cows and calves. They are our number one priority. We are environmentally conscious and implement programs to maintain the land through various tillage, planting and nutrient management practices. Lastly, the quality and nutrition content of our product is unmatched.  Milk is one of the most nutritious, pure forms of food you can buy.


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