A Colorado dairy farm's journey of responsible farming and recycling
As caretakers of animals and the land, dairy farmers take to heart the responsibility of preserving our planet’s most valuable natural resources.
While all dairy farmers take steps to ensure sustainable dairy farm practices, particularly protecting water and improving soil health, some dairies take it further and actively experiment with new technology and fresh ideas to continue their sustainability journey. Because there’s always more to be done.
Born into a California dairy farm family, AJ knew at a young age he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, father and uncles, who all have made the dairy business their lives’ work.
Inspired by his grandfather, Ed, to be a forward-thinking, innovative farm-owner, AJ graduated from college, married, started a family and replanted his roots in Colorado, where he established his own farm.
Settled between the Rocky Mountains and the grassland frontier of northeastern Colorado, AJ’s dairy farm cares for its 4,000 Holstein cows in a freestall barn, guided by three farm rules (inspired by AJ’s college football coach): Be on time, do your best and treat people and animals how you want to be treated.
“We’ve been blessed with an amazing opportunity to dairy,” AJ says. “Doing our best and doing it the right way is how we can honor that.”