Next in our June Dairy Month “30 Dairies in 30 Days” is Sunny Park Dairy in Bluffton! Don’t miss the chicken enchilada recipe from this farm family’s kitchen at the end of the post!
Sunny Park Dairy is owned by Dean and Holly Frauhiger. In 1975 Dean began working the farm that has been in his family since the early 1900s. They operate their conventional 300 cow dairy along with their son, Krent, and his wife, Liz. Dean and Holly’s daughter, Erin, and her husband, Joel Drayer, also work part time on the farm.
Together with eight full time and 13 part time employees, the Frauhigers raise Holsteins and a few Holstein/Jersey crosses. Holsteins are the most common breed of dairy cow—the black and white cows that are so commonly seen, although they also come in a red and white variety. Holsteins produce the most milk of any dairy breed. Jersey cows are a smaller breed of brown cows known for their high butterfat content. Heifers (baby girl calves) are raised by Sunny Park Dairy on various local farms. Most bull calves (the baby boys) are kept and raised for beef.
The family raises all of their own forages and some of their own corn, so their cows always have home-grown food to eat. Dean and Krent are both involved with their church.