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Louriston Dairy has 9,500 Jersey and Holstein-Jersey crossbred cows and houses them in a large freestall barn. Stalls are cleaned twice daily and bedded with recycled manure solids.
Cows are milked twice a day in a 106-stall rotary parlor. Parlor water is reused to reduce fresh water usage.
Milk from the Louriston cows is cooled and pumped directly into milk trucks.
Cross-ventilation in the freestall barn keeps cows cool and comfortable in the summer. Fans are installed on one side of the barn and curtains are on the other. A sprinkler system also can be activated if needed.
Louriston has a detailed manure management plan that includes separating manure into solids for bedding and liquids for field fertilizer. Shown here (behind the Cat) are separated manure solids.
Free ice cream was served to visitors by the MACCRAY FFA chapter.
Rebekka Paskewitz, the 2018-19 Princess Kay of the Milky Way, was on hand to greet guests, along with Elizabeth Golombiecki, Morris, one of the 12 current Princess Kay candidates.
This traditional-looking red barn at Louriston contains offices and conference rooms. Staff use it for training and tour groups.
OPEN HOUSE PARTNERS
The AgCentric Northern Agricultural Center of Excellence was one of the partners promoting agriculture at the open house.
Young visitors had the chance to burn off some energy at the Louriston open house with activities such as these inflatable play structures.
Around 40 people are employed at Louriston. The dairy is visible in the community by hosting farm tours, donating dairy products, awarding scholarships to local graduates and using services of local businesses.
Louriston focuses on its milk cows. All feed is purchased from local farmers and stored onsite. Calves are raised at another facility.