Ask our 12,000 dairy farm families and they will tell you. Thanksgiving is more than a holiday… it’s another Thursday. The cows need milking and feeding. Farm chores must be completed. Dairy farming is a labor of love that requires passion and commitment seven days a week, 365 days a year. Even holidays, like Thanksgiving.

Here are some reasons the dairy farming community gives thanks this holiday season:

1. Farming, a Family Affair.

Hands down, the dairy farming community gives thanks for having more time with family. According to the USDA, 97% of U.S. dairy farms are family owned and operated, often by multiple generations of the family. Each family member contributes to the farm’s success.

You can ‘meet’ local farm families from our region on the brand new Farm Families page on

2. Cows… and Milk!

Dairy farmers LOVE their cows. Thankful for their animals, farmers care for their cows around the clock.  Keeping cows comfortable and content is top priority. After all, well-cared for cows produce more milk.

At dairy farms, like Spring Hope Dairy, cows can get a massage any time they want. When they’re tired, there’s soft sand bedding to lie on. Fans and misters keep cows cool, just the way they like it.


3. Land, Air and Water.

Thankful to be on the land where they live and work, dairy farmers conserve resources such as water, land, and energy.


“We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”

4. Wholesome Milk

Farmers are thankful to produce wholesome milk for their family… and yours. In only 48 hours, milk is delivered to from the dairy farm to the grocery store. Browse our recipes for inspiration to get your 3 daily servings of dairy.

5. Giving Thanks by Giving Back  

When you have so much to be thankful for, you want to share with others. Dairy farmers support childhood wellness programs, like Fuel Up to Play 60 and Breakfast After the Bell.

They help bring fresh milk to families through milk donation drives, like Fill a Glass with Hope and The Great American Milk Drive.

Sitting down for the Thanksgiving Day feast, there’s plenty reason for gratitude. Whether you’re a dairy farmer or dairy lover, being able to spend the day with friends and family (and sharing a good meal!), well, it just doesn’t get better than that.

Happy Thanksgiving!