FERDINAND, Ind. (WEHT) – Horrifying footage taken during an undercover investigation in Fair Oaks put dairy farms across the state of Indiana in the national spotlight. Now, a farm in the Tri-State is looking to provide transparency about the industry and restore the faith.
Craig Lindauer, co-owner of Francis Lindauer and Son’s Farms in Ferdinand, says his family shares a special bond with the cows on their farm.
“This is Daisy, she’s one of our, kind of more special calves on the farm.”
Every year, their family invites the community to see what it’s like to live a day in the life as a farmer and as a cow. This year, Lindauer said it was especially important to show the community how they run their operation cruelty free.
“The end goal is to have the best cows on the farm because they’re the ones that do the best for us as a farm and our families. So basically we take care of the best of our calves and cows so they will take care of us,” said Lindauer.
The farm keeps eyes on their hundreds of cows with an innovative technology which allows them to monitor each one individually.
“The collars that we use are actually a rumination collar,” said Lindauer. “They’re to keep track of the way the cows are eating and to let us know way ahead of time if there’s something going on with the cow.”
No matter where the cow is on the farm or in the field, the necklace sends an alert to the farmers to let them know something is off.
“It’s kind of like having a doctor on staff. I mean we can’t be here 24 hours a day, but we try to be as much as possible,” said Lindauer.
The farm holds hundreds of cattle, from newborn calves to fully mature cows. One of Lindauer’s relatives and business partners said keeping the cows comfortable is a major factor in getting milk.
“Down in the free stall barn where their beds are, we have fans on them all of the time, they’re temperature controlled and we also have sprinklers that will cool them down with water,” said co-owner Doug Lindauer. “A lot of people are surprised by how much each cow gives, how much she produces a day. Between seventy and eighty pounds a day and sometimes more.”
The Lindauer’s hold the open house every year and the farm has been in their family for over four generations.
(This story was originally published on July 1, 2019)