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Every Drop Counts: Ron and Jodi Ditter, Chilton, Wisconsin

Published on 11 June 2014

Ron and Jodi Ditter, Chilton, Wisconsin

Member producer
Ron and Jodi Ditter, producers who ship milk with Family Dairies USA (a division of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative).



Facts about Ron and Jodi Ditter’s farm

  • Third-generation family dairy farm, a dairy farm since 1983.
  • Married in 1987, they have a daughter (now married and has three kids – grandkids to Ron and Jodi) and a son who has a strong interest in the farm, particularly the machinery and mechanics.
  • Currently milking 170 cows, mainly Holstein, but they enjoy adding a few unique breeds to their herd mix, including a few Swedish Reds and German Flechvieh.
  • 10,000 pounds of milk are produced in a day SCC averages around 120.
  • In the past few years, they have begun to focus just as much on butterfat components in addition to milk volume. They feel their milk is of greater value when they can consistently produce high levels of protein and butterfat with their level of milk volume. Therefore, these breeds (and a few are mixed breeds between a Holstein and a Flechvieh) help contribute a higher butterfat and protein content.

every drop counts diagram

Click here or on the image above to download a diagram that illustrates the journey milk takes from the milk truck to your tabletop. (PDF, 500KB)