The Dandy Breeze Dairy milks a herd of about 85 Jersey cows. The Jersey breed is native to the Island of Jersey, a British island located in the English Channel. It is one of the oldest purebred dairy breeds that has been around for nearly six centuries, and was brought to the United States in the 1850’s. The breed is highly regarded for its milk and butter production.
We are a pasture based dairy; in the climate of Indiana, this means our cows are out in the pasture year-round, or as long as weather permits. In the summer, they enjoy feeding on alfalfa. In the fall, we wet wrap our alfalfa, so our ladies can enjoy fresh pasture food in the winter. The process of cutting alfalfa and bailing it in 24 hours to keep the nutrients and protein in the feed originated in Ireland.
Our barn was built about 115 years ago, and in the hay loft is a basketball hoop and half court. It was featured by a local news station for their basketball in Indiana story. Our kids loved to play in it growing up. They still love going up there to practice trick shots from the top of hay stacks.