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“Cows are a voluntary animal. The better you take care of them, the better they take care of you. Healthy and happy cows produce the best milk!” – John Pagel

At Pagel’s Ponderosa, we take care of our cows, and our cows take care of us! By caring for our animals with compassion and respect, we’re rewarded with happier cows that produce higher-quality milk, which we turn into the finest cheeses. Our farm strives to ensure our 5,000+ cows receive the best comfort, healthcare and quality of life.

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Shelter, Food, & Rotary Milking

The cows’ six free-stall barns were designed for comfort. The herd is given 500,000 square feet of living space, and each cow has ample room to lay down in a soft bedding made from dried bio solids.

 

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Health & Safety

At Pagel’s Ponderosa, cows are monitored 24/7 and receive weekly herd checks. During the herd checks, farm staff evaluates milk production, safety and cleanliness of the surroundings, and the potential for sickness. Additionally, EVERY Pagel’s employee is trained on animal care and handling.

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Cow Comfort

Knowing that stress can affect the taste and quality of a cow’s milk, cow comfort is a top priority at Pagel’s Ponderosa. This is addressed through:

 

 

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Calves

Our dairy success starts with the cow—special care is given as soon as each calf is born.

Our maternity ward is dedicated to expectant mothers, and newborns are moved to soft bedding in a warm, temperature-controlled calf barn. In the wintertime, they are even given special calf jackets!

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