- Our Family
- Peter, Tammie, Brooke, Sierra, Hunter
- Roggen, CO
- Amount of dairy cows
- Why dairy farming?
- Working with family and loving Colorado
The Eldred Family
New to Colorado, but Not Dairy Farming
Peter Eldred’s family has been in the dairy business since his father began in 1974 in New York State, so while looking for another place to start a new dairy, Peter fell in love with Colorado and found out what a great climate we have for cows, starting up his own dairy here felt like the natural choice.
Two years ago, Peter, his wife Tammie and their three children, Brooke, Sierra and Hunter, packed up and moved to Colorado to build a new dairy farm – Lost Creek Dairy.
The couple met in 1993 through a mutual friend in the small town they grew up in – though they went to school together, it wasn’t until later that they met and started a relationship. They both love being able to raise a family on a dairy farm and managing the business.
“We love being self-employed and being with family,” said Tammie.
After two years in Colorado, the family is milking about 3,900 cows and get their feed from custom farming and share cropping. They have a newer facility, so sustainability was easy to accomplish right from the beginning. The farm uses energy-efficient lighting, recycled water, recycled bedding materials and the manure from their cows to fertilize nearby fields for crop growing.
The Eldreds feel that cow comfort is paramount, “happy cows make more milk,” said Tammie. Colorado’s climate is a great starting place for making cows comfortable and happy.
But that’s not all they do to ensure happy, healthy cows. The family makes sure the cows stay as clean as possible and are well fed so the milk is the highest quality possible.
“Well trained employees are also extremely important,” said Tammie. With just five family members, and three in school, employees are an important part of making sure the cows get the best care possible.
In 2014, the family hosted an open house for the farm’s neighbors so they could come see the facility and meet the dairy farmers, veterinarian and employees.
“We felt it was important to get involved in the community right away,” said Peter. “That way they know who we are and feel good about our contributions to the community.”
“Dairy farming can be a dirty job,” said Tammie, “but there’s more to it than you realize – it is really rewarding.”