Royal Farms Dairy of Garden City has been named one of only eight dairies to give a virtual farm tour presentation at the 2010 World Dairy Expo, the world’s premier dairy conference, Sept. 28 – Oct. 2 in Madison, Wis.
As a virtual tour presenter, Royal Farms Dairy will give a 30-minute pictorial overview of their Garden City facility to Expo attendees, who include dairymen from across the world. Royal Farms’ presentation will cover a variety of topics, including feeding, milking, quality controls, herd health, profitability, herd genetics, facilities and calf raising.
This is the first time a Kansas operation has been selected for a virtual farm tour presentation at the World Dairy Expo. Last year’s Expo featured virtual tour presentations by dairies in Wisconsin, California, Iowa and Argentina.
The Kansas Department of Commerce sponsored Royal Farms Dairy’s application. The company stood out among Kansas dairies in 2010 for its outstanding resource conservation efforts, as well as its leadership in economic and community development in the Garden City and Dodge City areas.
“We’re very proud and excited that Royal Farms Dairy has been chosen to lead a virtual tour at the World Dairy Expo,” said J.J. Jones, agriculture marketing specialist for the Kansas Department of Commerce. “Not only is this a great opportunity for Royal Farms Dairy to promote their operation, but it gives us a chance to promote the entire state of Kansas as an ideal location for dairy farming. You can’t ask for a bigger stage than the World Dairy Expo.”
Royal Farms Dairy has emerged as a steward of land and resources through its water conservation efforts. The dairy minimizes water usage by using each gallon multiple times. Water that is used to cool milk is also used to flush pens and holding areas. Ultimately, this water is then stored in a lagoon until it is used to strategically fertilize and irrigate 1,600 acres, including the dairy and a neighboring farm’s fields. Royal Farms Dairy hopes to increase the number of irrigated acres to 2,720 acres in 2011. For their efforts, they have been honored with the Kansas Banker’s Association Environmental Stewardship Award.
In a state where crop production is dominant and very few families make a living on less than 1,000 acres, Royal Farms Dairy is able to employ 62 people, milk 6,200 cows and house 5,600 heifers – all on the net consumption of water equivalent to 1-2 circles of irrigated corn.
The World Dairy Expo serves as the world’s premier forum for dairy producers, companies and organizations to come together to compete and exchange ideas, knowledge, technology and commerce. The event takes place each year in Madison, Wis. For details, visit www.world-dairy-expo.com.
Today’s announcement is the latest good news for the Kansas Dairy Initiative, which was initiated by the Kansas Department of Commerce and the western Kansas Rural Economic Development Alliance to promote Kansas as an ideal location – and the “new frontier” – for dairy farming. For more information, visit the campaign hub at www.DairyInKansas.com.
“Kansas has a lot to offer dairy farmers,” Jones said. “Whether you’re an existing Kansas farmer or an out-of-state dairyman looking for a great new site, Kansas is an ideal location to establish and grow a dairy farm.”
For details, contact Joe Monaco, public information officer with the Kansas Department of Commerce, at (785) 296-3760 or firstname.lastname@example.org.