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VanBedaf Dairy to be featured in virtual tour

The VanBedaf Dairy of Carrington, is one of eight dairy farms that will be featured in the World Dairy Expo’s Virtual Farm Tours Oct. 3-7. The North Dakota Dairy Coalition and North Dakota Department of Agriculture will be part of over 850 organizations exhibiting in the trade show of the World Dairy Expo.

For over 15 years, the Virtual Farm Tours have brought the best dairy operations in North America to the World Dairy Expo. The eight dairies selected this year feature technology and innovation, outstanding milk production and genetics, and other features. The virtual tours include a visual presentation of the operation by the owner or herd manager, followed by time for questions and an open discussion.

At noon Friday, Oct. 6, the VanBedaf Dairy LLP will be featured on the Virtual Farm Tours. The VanBedaf Dairy, owned by Conny and Corne van Bedaf, is a first-generation U.S. dairy farm. The couple dairy farmed in the Netherlands and Canada before moving to Carrington in 2009. They built VanBedaf Dairy from the ground up, starting with 800 springing heifers in 2009 to their current herd of 1,400 cows. The van Bedaf family has worked to build relationships in the community and opens their doors every other summer for LegenDAIRY, a community appreciation open house. They also lease dairy calves and heifers to local 4-H members to show. The farm incorporates unique byproducts into the herd’s ration, such as pasta waste from the local pasta plant. The van Bedafs’ children, Piet, Dries and Maartje, are also involved in the operation.

“We’re looking forward to showing expo visitors our farm and feel very grateful to do so,” said Conny van Bedaf. “We hope our experiences as dairy farmers in North Dakota may encourage others to consider dairy farming in our state.”

The North Dakota Dairy Coalition and North Dakota Department of Agriculture will also be present at the World Dairy Expo as trade show exhibitors.