American Dairy Association Indiana, Inc. and the Hoosier dairy farm families invite you to join us for the
47th annual Indianapolis 500
fastest rookie virtual award celebration
May 25, 2021
Join us to welcome this year’s Indianapolis 500 Rookie class at our annual Fastest Rookie Celebration!
Meet the rookie drivers, learn about the milk tradition in Victory Circle,
meet local farmers who provide nutritious milk daily and raise your glass to toast with milk for a great, safe race.
includes gREAT DOOR PRIZES !!
Meet your 2021 indy 500 milk people
In 2021, Jill Houin from Plymouth, Indiana will proudly serve as the official Milk Person, handing off the bottle of milk to the winning driver. Tim Haynes from Garrett, Indiana will serve as the Rookie Milk Person. They are looking forward to representing dairy farmers everywhere. Watch for them on race day in Victory Circle or read more about the INDY 500 Milk People here!
2021 Milk Woman
Born in New Jersey and never having been on a farm, veteran Milk Person Jill Houin experienced culture shock when she married an Indiana dairy farmer named Brian Houin in 2004. Learning to adapt to the country lifestyle, she retired from teaching in 2016 and has become the calf manager at the family’s Homestead Dairy in Plymouth.
Jill also handles all of the farm’s social media, manages its website and gives farm tours to people of all ages who want to learn more about life on a modern dairy farm. She has a passion for teaching consumers about the dairy industry and the way farmers care for their animals and for the environment.
Homestead Dairy is deeply committed to taking care of the land and community where they farm. A methane digester at the farm converts manure into electricity for 1,000 homes an hour in Marshall County. A partnership with University of Notre Dame also collects food scraps for the digester, keeping thousands of pounds of food waste out of landfills.
2021 Rookie Milk Man
Four generations ago, rookie Milk Person Tim Haynes’ grandfather started Superior Dairy in the 1940’s, and the farm has not been without cows since. Tim and his family have continued to use new technology to create a comfortable home for the cows they milk. They grow most of the feed for the cows on the farm, and employ robots for milking, cleaning, and feeding the cows. In their “smart barn”, the temperature can be regulated by automatic fans, sprinklers, and curtains. Cows choose when they want to get milked with the robots, and spend the rest of the day lounging in sand beds with access to ample food and water thanks to automatic waterers and a feed robot named Juno.
This level of automation doesn’t mean that the work is done, though! Each family member plays a special role to ensure the cows have everything they need. Tim and his brother David work with their children and spouses to divide the work on the farm. With around 240 cows at the farm, the Haynes family members specialize in crop management, cow care, public relations and more to keep their cows healthy and happy.