Holsum Dairies of Hilbert has been named the 2016 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and Dairy Today magazine.
'Agriculture is a major economic engine for Wisconsin, and dairy production is a vital component to our state's economy, contributing $43.4 billion every year,' said Governor Scott Walker. 'Our congratulations to Holsum Dairies of Hilbert. It is great to have farms from America's Dairyland receive national recognition for their innovation and success.'
The Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year award recognizes the outstanding contributions of dairy farmers. The nominated farms are judged on how farms are improving on-farm efficiency through innovative management practices, production technologies, and marketing approaches.
'Holsum Dairies exemplifies the qualities of a forward-thinking and exceptional dairy farm,' said Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection Secretary Ben Brancel. 'It is fitting that Holsum Dairies has been recognized by the IDFA for its advanced farm management, production methods, and valuable industry leadership.'
Holsum Dairies milks dairy cows at two locations in northeast Wisconsin, employs 90 people and generates $24 million annually. The farms produce enough electricity to meet its own electricity needs, as well as that of 825 average Wisconsin homes, with the use of a manure digester.