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My name: Tom and Elaine Freer
Dairy name: Klever Holstein Farm
Location: Fredericktown, Ohio
Herd size: 130
Farm size: 325 acres

5 lessons we’ve learned from dairying:
  1. Be flexible
    “One of the many things we’ve learned is to be flexible, because this business is ever changing, along with life itself,” Elaine says. “When we first started our dairy, the farm comprised of Tom’s grandmother, his uncle, Tom, myself and our two young children. Now, 31 years...
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Regardless of the temperatures, the popularity of iced coffee is heating up among consumers, and Dairy Farmers of America is capitalizing on the beverage’s growing appeal.

Through the North American Coffee Partnership (NACP) — a joint marketing partnership with PepsiCo, Inc. and Starbucks® Coffee Company — DFA is manufacturing NACP’s newest product, a ready-to-drink Starbucks Iced Coffee in 11-ounce premium glass containers. The beverage, which hit convenience store shelves in late...

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Paul Davis  |  Hauler  |  Mountain Area

Come rain, shine or blizzard-like conditions, Colorado-native Paul Davis is always on the road, but he says he wouldn’t have it any other way.

During his 21 years as a milk hauler for Dairy Farmers of America and its predecessor cooperative, Western Dairymen Cooperative, Inc. (WDCI), Davis has logged more than 1.5 million miles. Today, he transports milk from Mountain Area members’ farms to DFA’s ingredients facility in Fort Morgan, Colo.

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DFA member Steve Matthees finds stability with DFA Financing

Like many dairy producers, Dairy Farmers of America Board Director Steve Matthees relies heavily on his bank to secure cattle, real estate and operating loans that keep his business running. In 2009, he faced a situation with his longtime bank he never thought he’d have to deal with.

“Because of the way the economic situation just flipped around on us, my bank was questioning if they even wanted to service us,” Matthees says...

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