Poplar Hill Dairy Goat Farm - Virtual Farm Tour
In 1972, we moved to Scandia, Minnesota and purchased
our farm. We were struck by the beauty of the numerous poplar trees and
therefore came up with our farm name Poplar Hill.
There was a beautiful old dairy barn that was the home to
all our animals for many years and is currently home to some of our dry stock.
When this barn was used to house the milking does, we had to carry the milk from this barn to
our original milkhouse. This house stored the bulk tank and all the milking equipment.
Original dairy barn that is currently used to house dry stock
Original milk house
Eventually the six goats that we brought to the farm multiplied and some
other purebred stock were purchased. We next put up a 50 x 100 pole barn
that is currently used to house our bucks. It also serves as a machine shed.
We kept growing and in 1984 built another pole shed that is currently used to house dry stock and our two horses.
Dry Stock/Horse Barn and Tripper the dog
A few of the milkers enjoying the day
Our big expansion came in 1991. Our old dairy barn was
overcrowded and we had to make a decision, either cut back or expand. We
chose to expand because our milk,cheese, and animal markets were doing well.
We put up a 60 x 200 dairy barn with a 50 x 50 attachment that housed the
milking parlor, office, and milk house.
Dairy barn and Tripper the dog
Office in our dairy barn
Double 24 parallel milking parlor
In 1996 we built a 54 x 117 poleshed that is used to house all our young kid kids and it also contains a heated shop.
Kids are moved to this barn when they are born. They are housed in large plastic piglet crates until they are a few weeks old
then moved to the back of the barn where they will stay until they are weaned.
Kids eating on the aisle in the kid barn
We raise most of the feed for our herd. This includes alfalfa, corn, and soybeans. We grind our own feed which consists of ear corn, soybeans, and a salt and mineral mix.
Come see the real thing!
We offer a variety of guided farm tours for large and small groups. Activities available include:
- tour of our entire farm - including our herd of approximately 600 dairy goats
- viewing milking
- milking a goat
- feeding babies
- sampling our milk and cheese
- answering questions
- flexible dates and times for the tours
Call us at 651-442-2506 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
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