R&D Dairy Open House is Backdrop for Dairy Month Proclamation

BANCROFT, Neb. – Lt. Governor Lavon Heidemann will proclaim June Dairy Month in Nebraska on Saturday, June 14, at  R&D Dairy at 1540 Highway 51, Bancroft. The farm will open its barn doors to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. with the proclamation taking place at 2 p.m. Farm owners Ron Guenther and his wife, Doris, and their sons, Andy and Mike, plan to showcase their 575-cow dairy for people who want to see a modern dairy farm.

The event includes tours of the new facilities including the milking parlor and bedding pack barn. Refreshments will be provided by Nebraska Veterinary Services, Associated Milk Producers, Inc., and Midwest Dairy Association.

The Guenther family has a rich tradition of dairy farming in northeast Nebraska. “My grandparents moved to this farm in 1929,” says Ron Guenther, who purchased the farm in 2000. His sons are working toward a partnership in the business. With the goal of developing a sustainable dairy that can support their families as well as prepare for the fifth generation, the Guenthers strive to work closely as a team to ensure a successful family business.

“We have a lot of respect for each other,” Andy Guenther says. “Dad has a lot of experience and he gives us opportunities to develop our personal management skills in operating the business.”

June Dairy Month celebrates the efforts of Nebraska dairy farmers while they continue to produce a wholesome, nutritious product. Dairy farming also makes significant contributions to state and local communities’ economies. In Nebraska, dairy farming generates more than $232 million in milk sales annually.

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Locations : BancroftNebraskaNortheast Nebraska
People : AndyAndy GuentherDorisLavon HeidemannMikeRon Guenther