Calhoun County family receives MSU Dairy Farmer of the Year Award

posted on February 14, 2011 3:09pm



The Crandall family from Battle Creek is this year’s winners of the 2011 Michigan State University (MSU) Dairy Farmer of the Year. Dr. Janice Swanson (far right) presented the award at the Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference held Feb. 3-5 in Frankenmuth. From left, Lori, Mark, Sara, Gloria, Larry, Monica and Brad Crandall; and Swanson.
Photo credit:  Laura Moser, MMPA


Calhoun County family receives MSU Dairy Farmer of the Year Award

2/11/11

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Larry and Gloria Crandall’s family has hosted thousands of toddlers and school-age children at their fifth-generation family dairy farm near Battle Creek over the years. One thing that teachers and day care providers know is that the family practices an open door policy when it comes to answering questions about farming and encouraging visits to the farm to learn about farming firsthand.

The Crandalls are the recipients of the 2011 Michigan State University (MSU) Dairy Farmer of the Year Award. They were selected by MSU Department of Animal Science faculty members and MSU Extension educators on the basis of commitment and contributions to the dairy industry and local communities.

Larry Crandall and his wife, Gloria, farm in partnership with their two sons, Brad (wife Monica) and Mark (wife Sara), on the farm established by Larry’s grandparents in 1883. The family grows corn, alfalfa, soybeans and wheat on its 1,002 acres of cropland, and the dairy herd is made up of 278 milking Holsteins and 247 heifers. The dairy herd averages 30,678 pounds of milk per cow per year.

"Receiving this award is special in that it represents the collective efforts of a multi-generational family making a difference in the community as well as achieving success as a dairy farm," Larry Crandall said.

Dr. Janice Swanson, interim chairperson of the MSU Department of Animal Science and director of animal welfare, presented this year’s MSU Dairy Farmer of the Year Award during Michigan Dairy Industry Recognition Night ceremonies held at the Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference (GLRDC) Feb. 4 in Frankenmuth. Larry and Gloria Crandall; son Brad, and his wife, Monica; and son Mark, and his wife, Sara; were present to accept the award.

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Photos are available upon request.

Side note for general media:

·        The average lactation length for a dairy cow is 305 to 365 days. Assuming a 305-day lactation, cows in the Crandall herd average 30,678 pounds of milk per year, or the equivalent of more than 12 gallons of milk per day.

·        With a herd size of 278 milking cows, this means that the farm produces 3,336 gallons of milk each day and 1.2 million gallons of milk each year.



 

Side note for general media:

·        The average lactation length for a dairy cow is 305 to 365 days. Assuming a 305-day lactation, cows in the Crandall herd average 30,678 pounds of milk per year, or the equivalent of more than 12 gallons of milk per day.

·        With a herd size of 278 milking cows, this means that the farm produces 3,336 gallons of milk each day and 1.2 million gallons of milk each year.

 

 

 







 
  

 


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