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Idaho dairyman shares local, global viewpoint with reporters

Published on 30 September 2015
John Brubaker,  Kima Simonson, Renae De Jager and Harold Shaulis

Dairy owner John Brubaker of Knott-Run Dairy recently invited local reporters to learn more about his 350-cow operation in Buhl, Idaho.

Brubaker is originally from Pennsylvania and farms with his two sons, Eric and Mike. He recently returned from a USDEC trade mission to Singapore to promote U.S. dairy products and their quality to dairy buyers in Southeast Asia.

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john brubakerHe shared with reporters that his dairy is small compared to the average herd size in Idaho, which averages 1,050.

However, he said he remains competitive because of his focus on milk quality. All milk from his dairy is shipped to Glanbia in Twin Falls, Idaho, for cheese production.

John Brubaker and Glanbia officialsKnott-Run Dairy received the top Idaho Milk Quality Award in 2013. Articles that appeared after the tour featured the daily chore schedule and pictures of his Holstein herd.  PD

By Progressive Dairyman staff

PHOTO 1: During a recent information trade mission to Singapore and Vietnam with the U.S. Dairy Export Council, John Brubaker, far left, represented the U.S. dairy industry, along with Kima Simonson, Washington; Renae De Jager, California; and Harold Shaulis, Pennsylvania.

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PHOTO 2: Brubaker explains his focus on producing high-quality during the media visit. His dairy yields more than 27,000 pounds of milk per day.

PHOTO 3: John Brubaker recently attended an information trade mission to Singapore and Vietnam with the U.S. Dairy Export Council. In this photo, he discusses exports with representatives from Glanbia, his processor back home, which has awarded Brubaker with several quality milk recognitions. Photos by Mike Dixon.

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