A LEGACY OF LONGEVITY
Whether it was Crystal Moroney’s parents, Rocky and Liz Gingg, choosing to relocate the farm they started in 1982 from Phoenix, Ariz., to the Texas Panhandle or Crystal and her husband, Nathan’s, decision to leave their corporate jobs to join the family dairy, Del Rio Dairy has a long history of making decisions with longevity in mind.
A focus on technology and sustainability
Modernizing with technology is just one way this family is ensuring their 7,500-cow operation is more streamlined and efficient.
They recently completed construction on a major expansion in September 2020 and are now able to milk their herd on a 90-stall rotary that incorporates robotics to help prepare and assist in the milking.
“This involved years of planning,” Nathan says. “Along the way we adapted a more modern neck collar to not only get identification and heat detection, but also to get feeding time and rumination data from the cows.”
Honored in 2015 as our Southwest Area Member of Distinction, Del Rio Dairy isn’t interested in just operating strategically. They’ve also committed to farming sustainability since the beginning. Our Members of Distinction program recognizes members who excel on their operations, in their communities and throughout the dairy industry.
“Dairy is a sustainable enterprise, and it is a generational venture,” Nathan says. “Everything we do has a focus on long-term sustainability. For example, most of our dairy water is used three times. We also take our own clean outs and make compost material out of our solid materials.” The family is also working on installing an anaerobic digester, which converts cow manure into renewable energy.
An eye on the future
Currently, three generations are involved on the farm. “Having a multigenerational family business is a wonderful experience,” Crystal says. “Working side by side with our three children on the farm shows them the value of the hard work we do.”
Their multigeneration work extends beyond the farm. Crystal and her mother own and operate Milk House Market, a boutique store offering carefully curated home decor, furniture, lighting, clothing and more.
Working full time at the dairy and running a business doesn’t stop the family from living out DFA’s value of community. They welcome visitors to come tour the dairy and see how the milk used to make their favorite dairy products is made, and they are passionate advocates for agriculture.
“There’s so much misinformation about dairy,” Crystal says. “The best way for people to learn is by coming to the source, whether it’s people taking the opportunity to go on a tour themselves, following real farmers on social media or asking questions, it’s a group effort to help spread the good story of dairy and our nutritious products.”