Indiana Dairy Farmer
“The farm is just a great place to grow up. I love having my daughter raised on the farm.”
Name: Nathan Kuehnert
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Years farming: I’ve been farming full-time for the past five years.
My family: Our family farm consists of my wife Sarah, and our two kids, my brother Andrew, dad Alan, mother Cindy, uncle Stan, grandfather Melvin, and a couple of good hired hands that are considered family.
How I came to be a farmer: Dairy farming is what I grew up doing with my dad and brother, so I guess you could say “it’s in my blood.” My brother and I started showing cows through 4-H at a very young age and really learned how to “care” for them. I worked on the farm through all my years in school, and while being away at college, I realized how much I missed being at home doing what I loved.
The best thing about being a farmer: It’s pretty cool knowing at the end of each and every day I have worked to provide the world with “Natures most perfect food”: MILK. There is a lot of pride knowing that everything we do is surrounded around one goal: to make the cleanest, purest, most high-quality milk that we can. And this is all possible by maintaining a healthy, happy cow.
My personal philosophy on farming: We strive to feed the world by being good stewards of the land, excellent caretakers of our cows, and great neighbors in our community.
Dairy Production in Indiana and the United States
- Indiana has 2,000 dairy farms producing more than 3 billion pounds of milk annually.
- There are 84 cows in the average Indiana dairy herd. The average herd size nationally is 135 cows.
- There are dairy farms in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
- More than 60,000 dairy farms in the U.S. provide milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products to the U.S. and other countries. About 99% of all U.S. dairy farms are family-owned and operated.
- A cow will produce an average of 6.3 gallons of milk each day and about 350,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime.
- Cows eat about 100 pounds of feed every day and drink about a bath tub (50 gallons) of water.
- Cows chew at least 50 times per minute and spend 10 hours per day chewing their cud in order to aid digestion.
- If you open the refrigerator in 96% of U.S. households you’ll find a container of milk. You’ll find cheese in 94% of them.
- To get the same amount of calcium in an 8-ounce glass of milk you would have to eat a quarter-cup of broccoli, around 7 oranges, or 6 slices of wheat bread.
- There are more than 400 different varieties of cheese and many are named for their place of origin. For example, Cheddar cheese originated in Cheddar, England.
- It takes 10 pounds of milk to make one pound of whole milk cheese.
- Cows can smell something up to six miles away.
- Milk is better than water for cooling the mouth while eating spicy food. A protein in milk called “casein” cleanses the taste buds
For more information about dairy farming in Indiana, please visit www.winnersdrinkmilk.com