Michelle Dickinson proudly runs Mountain View Farm in Loveland, Colorado. The farm was started by Michelle’s great-grandfather in 1917 and was carried on through the generations. Though Michelle went into the family business dragging her feet, she quickly realized dairy farming is what she was meant to do.
Dairy farming is also how Michelle met her husband, Martin, 17 years ago. The couple now has three children, Tyler, Stella and Jolie. For Michelle, the best part about being a dairy farmer is being able to work with her family and build something her kids can be proud of and can carry into the future.
The dairy started out with only a couple of cows but has expanded to milk 2,500.
Making sure the cattle are cared for is a top priority at Mountain View Farm. Michelle does everything she can to ensure the cows are happy and healthy, including training employees often on animal husbandry and best practices.
“We care deeply for our cows, I believe we truly are animal welfare experts,” said Michelle. “We work closely with our veterinarian, developing protocols for treatments and animal care.”
Mountain View Farm is also taking steps to be more sustainable. They currently compost all their manure and use waste water on nearby alfalfa fields. They have also updated as much equipment as they could to be longer lasting and energy saving.
Dickinson knows firsthand what dairy farming means to farm families and wants to make sure consumers know how hard farmers work to get milk to them.
“For generations, dairy farmers have dedicated themselves to caring for animals and the environment as they provide the world with safe, wholesome and nutritious milk,” she said.