CARRINGTON, N.D. — When people see a large livestock operation, they often don't realize the impact it can have on the community's economy — and especially the economy for nearby farmers. "They're a huge consumer of commodities," says J.W. Schroeder, former North Dakota State University Extension dairy specialist. And it's not just commodities, as the feed list at VanBedaf Dairy in Carrington shows. They use byproducts from the local pasta plant, as well as from the sugar beet, canola and ethanol industries.
CARRINGTON, N.D. — For livestock producers, taking care of their land and animals isn't incidental to their jobs — it's their whole purpose. "It's something we do everyday," says Kenton Holle, vice chair of the North Dakota Livestock Alliance and a third-generation dairy farmer in Morton County, N.D. It starts, he says, with making sure animals are safe and comfortable.
CARRINGTON, N.D. — In the 10 years since VanBedaf Dairy opened, the surrounding community has come to regard it as an important employer and resource, as well as a provider of safe, affordable dairy products. VanBedaf Dairy, owned by Conny and Corne van Bedaf, is a first-generation dairy farm. The couple farmed in the Netherlands and Canada before moving to Carrington in 2009.