- Our Family
- Candi, Scott, Emily, Andrew, Iven, Irene, Chuck and Beth
- Pierce, CO
- Amount of dairy cows
- Why dairy farming?
- I love being able to raise our kids around dairy and being able to pass it on to them.
The Tucker Family
Five Generations of Colorado Dairy Farming
Scott Tucker’s great grandfather started Yellow Top Dairy in 1926, which included a processing facility and about 60 cows. They made home deliveries with their Model T panel truck. This dairy operated in Englewood, Colo. through the 1950s.
The Tucker family has been dairying in Colorado for more than 90 years and the youngest generation in the family, Emily and Andrew, will be the fifth generation to carry on the tradition.
“I love being able to raise our kids around dairy and being able to pass it on to them,” said Candi Tucker, their mother.
Scott and his wife Candi run Tucker Dairy now, with help from Scott’s father, Iven and Uncle, Chuck. Scott’s grandfather (Charley) originally began dairy farming in Wellington in 1952 after getting home from World War II.
“He worked in Denver for a while, but the 8 to 5 life wasn’t for him,” explains Chuck. “In 1952, he bought 80 acres in Wellington.”
He worked nights at the Ideal cement factory, milked 26 cows by hand and hauled his own water every day for four years until the dairy was big enough to support the family. In 1966, the family moved to Pierce, Colo. when I-25 construction forced them off their land in Wellington.
Today, the farm milks about 400 Holstein and Jersey cows and sends their milk to be processed off-site. They also grow corn, triticale and sorghum.
Taking great care of the cows is top priority on the dairy – from making sure the cows have fresh bedding to ensuring they always have access to feed – the cows are feeling great.
“We even curry-comb a few,” said Candi, laughing. “We are very big on cleanliness because it leads to the safest and best quality milk.”
In order to take the best care of the cows in the years to come and pass the farm to their children, the family has also made big improvements in sustainability. They recycle manure by using it on their fields as fertilizer and recently switched to all LED lighting. Heat exchangers rob heat from the milk tank compressors to heat water for use in the dairy barn. They also use ambient heat from the milk tank compressors to heat the barn, use recycled oil, and have added insulated sliding doors to the barns to help hold in heat in the winter and keep it cool in the summer.
But farming isn’t the only thing that keeps this family busy – they also participate in Western Dairy Association’s Adopt a Farmer program, Fuel Up to Play 60 and work with Dairy Farmers of America to give out ice cream at their community’s fall festival.
When asked what they wish people knew about dairy farming, the Tuckers summed it up by emphasizing how regulated and safe milk is, “the milk’s cleaner than water – it has stricter standards and is so healthy for you.”
Learn even more about Tucker Dairy by taking a video tour:
Read a full history of the Tucker family’s dairy upgrades and how they’ve stayed sustainable here.
Read the Tucker’s tips for raising backyard chickens!