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Have you ever seen a cow get a pedicure?
It was one of the highlights of our recent trip to Katherine Boelen’s family dairy farm in Poweshiek County, Iowa.
We spent a good 10 minutes watching an expert team from Wisconsin trim hooves to keep the cows’ feet healthy. The cows stayed chill, like it was just another visit to the nail salon. And we even saw a calf being born. Seriously, it was better than anything streaming on YouTube.
As moms who depend on nutrient-dense dairy foods for our kids, it was also fun to see cows being milked and how that milk was piped to a refrigerated tanker truck headed to a processing plant.
While misinformation runs rampant about today’s dairy farms, we got a 360-degree view of what truly happens to get milk from cow to carton.
We got a 360-degree view of what truly happens to get milk from cow to carton.
Here are some takeaways from our tour:
Teresa Bjork is consumer content manager and Caitlyn Lamm is public relations coordinator at Iowa Farm Bureau. The original, full-length version of this column appeared on Iowa Farm Bureau’s Farm Fresh Blog.