Kinnard Family Receives Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability Award

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, established under the leadership of dairy farmers, announced its sixth annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards in a June 28 Chicago ceremony. The program recognizes dairy farms, businesses and partnerships whose practices improve the well-being of people, animals and the planet. Kinnard Farms, Casco, won a national award for Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability. The farm was one of three national winners in their category.

Award winners represent the U.S. dairy community’s voluntary efforts towards continuous improvement in sustainability. “This year’s winners devised new ways to protect our land, air and water. And they’re proactive about building strong relationships with their communities and employees,” said Barbara O’Brien, president of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. “Throughout the dairy value chain, all sizes of dairy farms and companies use sustainable practices because it’s good for the environment, good for their community and good for business.”

The award announcement recognized the Kinnard Family for their innovative ways to maximize water, soil and cow comfort while supporting their rural community. “They retain the area’s young, college-educated residents by employing them to innovate farm technology. The Kinnards are often on the cutting edge; they made a first-of-its-kind sand recycling center—one that uses no freshwater in the process—to separate, wash and dry sand for repeated use. Sand is this farm’s preferred bedding material because it provides comfort and sure footing for cows and is bacteria free, keeping udders healthy.”

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