Edstrom Family
Sugar Hill Dairy

 

Family:
Edstrom

Location:
Kersey, CO

Experience:
17 years

I think it’s very important to put factual information out there and to clear up misconceptions.

Steve and Ashley Edstrom own and operate Sugar Hill Dairy just outside of Kersey, Colorado, where they are raising their three young children: Campbell, Andrew and Blake.

As dairy farmers and parents, Ashley and Steve are passionate about talking to others about the family business. Ashley has been a Dairy Farm to School Ambassador for Dairy MAX  for five years, giving presentations at schools about how milk and dairy get from the farm to the table and helping students understand the nutritional value of dairy foods. Ashley is also an active member of the Colorado Dairywomen, serves on the Weld County Dairy Advisory Council and is enrolled in the Holstein Foundation’s Young Dairy Leaders Institute. She also engages with youth who are showing heifers and calves in local shows, and works with Dairy MAX to promote the in-school Fuel Up to Play 60 program.

“I think it’s very important to put factual information out there and to clear up misconceptions,” Ashley said.

Her husband, Steve, started the dairy farm in 2001, operating alone until marrying Ashley. Now they employ five full-time employees to help with day-to-day operations of milking about 1,100 cows. They live and work on the farm; when a cow is giving birth in the middle of the night or a truck needs to be fixed, the Edstroms are the ones taking care of things.

Before meeting Steve, Ashley was a racehorse trainer on the East Coast and had never set foot on a dairy farm.

“The only thing I knew about cows was how to cook one!” she said.

Now, Ashley is an integral part of raising healthy, happy dairy cows, and takes pride in the high level of care her family provides.