AUBURNTOWN – Jared Franklin is similar in many ways to the members of the Auburntown Lions Club he spoke with on May 5 – working hard and taking pride in providing a quality product to customers. But unlike the typical local business, Franklin’s most important asset is cows and his product is milk. Franklin and his family are dairy farmers.
The Franklin family owns Dav-Lee Hill Dairy near Bradyville, Tennessee. They milk 65 cows twice a day, every day. On the 130 acre farm, corn, soybeans and wheat are also raised. To dairy farmers, the ultimate reward is knowing their actions help create a healthy, abundant and affordable food supply for this community.
“We love what we do,” said Franklin. “Dairy farmers across Tennessee differ in how many cows we milk and some of the ways we farm so that our methods work well for the environment, but we all share a passion for what we do. It is our responsibility to take care of the natural resources and animals on our farm and we take that responsibility with a great deal of pride and commitment.”
The family lives and works on the farm and that is a strong incentive for protecting the land, water and air. In addition, cow comfort and health is carefully monitored every single day. Franklin works with a dairy animal nutritionist to formulate the best diets for the cows and veterinarians come to the farm regularly to check on the animal’s health. Every day, advancements in animal care and milk quality methods result in better milk. “What we do on our farm is the starting point for safe and nutritious dairy foods in the supermarket,” says Franklin. “Because of this commitment at the dairy farm, people can count on wholesome dairy foods.”
Southeast dairy farmers protect their land, care for their animals and produce high quality milk and dairy foods for their families and yours. To learn more about the dedication of the people – dairy farmers and the milk they produce, visit www.southeastdairy.org, www.dedicatedtodairy.com, www.facebook.com/sedairy or Twitter @sedairy.
The non-profit Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. (SUDIA) is funded by dairy farm families of the Southeast, and works with schools, health professionals, retailers, dairy processors and the public to promote dairy foods.