Locally Owned. Locally Produced. Since 1938.
We are Prairie Farms, and we are proud to be comprised of more than 700 farm families throughout the Midwest. Since 1938, we have been producing high quality products and providing fresh, safe and nutritious milk to you and your family.
Many of us are proud to have multi-generation dairy farms. This means our farms were established and maintained by our parents, grandparents, even great grandparents. Often times, you can visit our farms to find no less than two or three generations pitching in, whether it’s actively milking cows, running equipment such as tractors and feed-mixers, caring for the new calves born on the farm or keeping the crew fed with homemade meals.
We are the farmers in your neighborhood, supplying the fresh milk to grocery stores that we, too, shop at. Our communities are important to us, with many of us serving on local school, church or municipality boards and committees. And because this is our home too, we care deeply about the land and water resources, and are dedicated to preserving our natural resources to our best extent.
We hold ourselves to the highest standards of animal care. Our animals receive specialized diets of forage and grains, often times customized by animal nutritionists. Often times, our cows eat before we do and follow healthier diets than most! When not milking, our cows can be found relaxing in a barn with fresh bedding or in the pasture with access to plenty of clean water and food.
Excellent cow care is an expectation. The Prairie Farms Cow Care Program details guidelines that our farmers follow for every calf and cow on their farm. We set the highest standards for care of our cows when it comes to health, facilities and housing, nutrition, equipment and milking procedures. Our farms are evaluated at least once every three years and provided feedback on how they're doing by veterinarians, extension educators, university personnel and our field staff members. The evaluation provides our farmers with the information they need to develop action plans for continuous improvement. The integrity of the program is ensured through third-party verification, which is completed by outside experts.
As dairy farmers, we must adhere to strict food safety regulations and maintain clean, safe facilities. Equipment is washed and sanitized to meet and exceed safety standards after each milking. Our dedication to happy cows means we will work closely with our veterinarian to use medical intervention when absolutely necessary to improve the health and life of the animal. Should we need to use medical invention, we must follow strict withdraw periods to ensure all antibiotics are out of the cows system prior to using her milk. Our milk is always tested prior to leaving the farm to ensure a quality, safe product ends up in your home. Since 2008, Prairie Farms has adhered to a no-added hormones policy.
Just like your favorite device, on-farm technology is constantly changing and evolving. By using technology on our farms, we are able to work more efficiently, safely, and most importantly, keep our cows at a maximum comfort level. Some farmers may use robots to milk, allowing cows to be milked whenever they are ready. Other farmers may track their animal’s activity and health levels with the use of fitness trackers. Every farm is a little bit different, but we all are working to achieve the same goals: quality milk and happy cows.
We know you have many options in the grocery store and you are seeking the best, affordable options for your family. We, the dairy farmers of Prairie Farms, would like to thank you for choosing us, and want to ensure you we are committed to producing some of the healthiest and safest milk in the world.
Get to Know UsSourcing Food Locally Is Good For All of Us
When you make locally produced products a staple of your grocery cart, you're making a choice to reduce waste and energy. The fewer the steps between farm to table, the less impact on our natural resources.
Reuse and Reduce
Farmers know the importance of making everything count. Unused food never goes to waste.
In the Barn
The little red barn has grown up to be an efficient, comfortable home for dairy cows.
Prairie Farms is proud to support "Grow" at the St. Louis Science Center. Giving kids and adults a hands on model of farm to table.