Johnston Dairy Farm is a family owned and operated dairy that has been in continuous operation since 1956. The dairy was first started by J.H. Johnston in August of 1956 with 17 cows. At that time, the cows were milked in a flat barn. In 1977, J.H. Johnston decided it was time to modernize and the current parlor barn was built. J. H. Johnston continued to operate in that barn until his retirement in 1992. At that time his son, Russell Johnston, purchased the cows and equipment from J.H. Russell is still the owner and operator today. Russell's wife, Holly, and their children, Ransom and Rush, enjoy helping, too.
In today's world most children do not understand where the food they eat comes from or how it is made. We would love for them to come and explore our farm and learn that food doesn't just appear in the grocery store.
- Currently we milk between 80 and 100 cows a day .
- There are 4 employees at Johnston dairy. One full time and 3 part time.
- We grow many crops including wheat, barley, grain sorghum, peas, hay, and oats.
- Our cows produce around 60 pounds of milk a day per cow (thats a little over 8 gallons!)
- The cows consume 95 pounds of feed a day, each. They also drink up to 40(yes, 40!) gallons of water a day.
- Cows sleep as little as 1 hour a day. And, no, they don't sleep standing up!
- A cow is pregnant for 9 months before she calves.
- A cow is two years old before she starts giving milk.
- It takes 10 pounds of milk to make 1 pound of cheese.
- A calf is weaned from milk after only 2 months. She will then gain a pound and a half of weight a day for the next 18 months.
- A cow really has only one stomach, called the Rumen, and it has four chambers.
- These are a few of the many interesting things you and your group will learn about at our farm.
Please, come and enjoy the experiences offered at Johnston Dairy Farm.
Our mission is to share the wonderful lifestyle we live each day with everyone we can. We feel that each child should be exposed to a wide variety of experiences so that they can have a better understanding of the world and life itself. We feel especially blessed to be able to do what we love for a living.