New Waterford dairy farmer finalist in national competition
NEW WATERFORD — Kasey Hudson of Baker’s Golden Dairy in New Waterford is one of the first two finalists in the Lely North America “The Way to Dairy Award.”
The farm is located at 46761 Carter Road.
Hudson, along with Emily den Haan of Haanview Farms in Ontario, Calif., are the first two of four finalists named as candidates for the award.
Two more finalists will be announced at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisc., in October.
Earlier this year, Lely North America announced the award in recognition of the most progressive dairy operations that maximize each cow’s potential, while changing the daily tasks on the dairy to be more sustainable, profitable and enjoyable.
The award will be made to the dairy farm best demonstrating and living by the standards of sustainability and innovation, while being an animal care advocate involved in the dairy industry.
Hudson is involved in a family dairy operation with goals to automate their dairy while changing the repetitive tasks to free-up people to do other actions across the dairy enterprises.
In an essay submitted for the award, Hudson wrote that at Baker’s Golden Dairy, they feed a growing global population by producing and bottling their milk.
“After working vigorously with state inspectors, we began processing in July, 2011,” she wrote.
After the first few months of processing, they began to offer milk in many flavors other than chocolate and strawberry.
The flavors include butter pecan, cotton candy, root beer, banana and more and the milk is vat pasteurized and non-homogenized so it is “milk the way it used to be,” she said.
The grand prize winner will be chosen by a panel of judges and will receive their choice of either a new Lely Astronaut A5 milking system or a recently re-launched Vector feeding system.