- Our Family
- Elaine, Robert, Robin, Bruce, Brad, Robert, Bailey
- Gill, CO
- Why dairy farming?
- We are a family owned business and our goal is to make a great product.
Rebuilding after the Recession
When Elaine and Robert Foss married in 1953, they decided to start milking a few cows in their barn and it ultimately led to Foss Dairy Farm and 3 generations living the dairy life.
Elaine and Robert had 3 children – Brad, Robin and Cheryl. Robin has two children of her own – Robert and Bailey. Robin, her husband Bruce and her brother Brad now run Foss Dairy Farm, which is where Elaine and Robert moved to in 1960 with 35 cows. Today, the operation has about 200 cows in total and grows most of its own corn, alfalfa and sorghum.
Sustainability is important to a dairy where two of Elaine’s grandchildren are growing up. In the wintertime, manure is spread on the fields and careful soil samples and records are kept to make sure the land will continue to grow crops for future generations of Holsteins.
Elaine’s family has deep roots in dairy – her brother Bill runs a dairy farm with the help of his family and her brother-in-law Ed Foss and his family also dairy.
Things haven’t always been easy for this dairy family – in 2009, they sold their herd to weather the recession, keeping the heifers and re-building the herd as the economy turned back around. Despite the hard times, Robin says she enjoys watching the girl calves grow up and become milk cows and comparing them to their mothers.
“We are a family owned business and our goal is to provide a great product,” says Robin.
Part of providing a great product means making sure their cows are happy and relaxed. The cows are given clean, comfortable places to rest and the family takes extra care to make sure that the cows are relaxed when they are waiting to get milked.
“We help make sure the cows stay calm in the holding pen,” Robin explained.
Robin’s children are both active in helping with the family business. Bailey’s favorite thing to help with is feeding the baby calves and both Bailey and Robert are active in 4-H. Robin also makes sure the children participate in other activities, including Bailey’s volleyball team, which Robin coaches.