Sustainability Comes Naturally
to Dakin Dairy Farms
Becoming as sustainable as possible birthed in 1998 when Jerry and Karen Dakin began planning their new dairy in Myakka City. They traveled to many farms throughout the country and concluded that the ability to capture as much manure as possible would allow them to have plenty of good composted organic material to amend the sandy soils of Florida, and set up properly, prepare to capture the methane gas to generate electricity.
Also, they designed all barns and lanes to drain by gravity to a central settling and holding area where they capture & reuse sand used for cow bedding, capture manure for composting and soil amendment, capture nutrient rich manure water, which they use as fertilizer reducing water for their 250 + acres of high protein grasses rotationally cut and fed fresh twice daily, which keeps ahead of any real pest damage avoiding the use of pesticides & they recycle the water to the floor flushing tanks at the end of each barn.
This truly is why our milk tastes so good – it’s the “Fresh” grass, 365 days a year, blended with hay, grains and minerals that makes the Dakin “Taste” Difference.
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