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Pride in product drives dairy farmers; consumers reap the rewards

Greg and Charity Vold are like many of the Alexandria Sertoma Club members they recently spoke with - they rise early, work hard and accept no compromises when it comes to the quality of their product.

Greg and Charity Vold are like many of the Alexandria Sertoma Club members they recently spoke with - they rise early, work hard and accept no compromises when it comes to the quality of their product.

But unlike a typical local business, their most important asset is cows. The Volds are dairy farmers and are the people behind the wholesome dairy foods consumers enjoy.

The Vold family owns Dorrich Dairy near Glenwood. Along with Greg Vold's parents, brother and sister-in-law; they milk 300 cows three times a day, every day. Greg Vold is the "crops and maintenance manager" and Charity Vold helps with the breeding program.

"We produce food for your family and ours," said Greg Vold. "Dairy farmers take pride in the product they produce. We are committed to the responsibility of delivering wholesome, nutritious milk and dairy products for many to enjoy."

Because their family lives and works on the farm, they take seriously their responsibility to protect land, water and air. "We are a family business vital to our community and our state's economy. We know our future depends upon what we do today," said Charity Vold. In addition, cow comfort and health is carefully monitored, assisted by experts such as nutritionists and veterinarians. Because of this commitment at the dairy farm, people can count on wholesome dairy foods, she said.

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To learn more about the people behind the product - dairy farmers and the milk they produce, visit www.midwestdairy.com or www.dairyfarmingtoday.org .

Midwest Dairy Association is a non-profit organization that provides consumers with information about the nutrition and wholesomeness of dairy foods, and conducts research and promotional programs.

Programs are financed and directed by more than 13,000 dairy producers in nine states - Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and eastern Oklahoma.

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