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EASLEY – Marilyn Easter is similar in many ways to the members of the Easley Business & Professional Women she spoke with on July 16 – working hard and taking pride in providing a quality product to customers.

But unlike the typical local business, Easter’s most important asset is cows and her product is milk. Easter and her family are dairy farmers.

The Easter family owns Eastglen Farm outside of Laurens. They milk 300 cows twice a day, every day. On the 360-acre farm hay is also raised. To dairy farmers, the ultimate reward is knowing their actions help create a healthy, abundant and affordable food supply for this community.

“We love what we do,” Easter said. “Dairy farmers across South Carolina differ in how many cows we milk and some of the ways we farm so that our methods work well for the environment, but we all share a passion for what we do. It is our responsibility to take care of the natural resources and animals on our farm and we take that responsibility with a great deal of pride and commitment.”

The family lives and works on the farm and that is a strong incentive for protecting the land, water and air. In addition, cow comfort and health is carefully monitored every single day. Easter works with a dairy animal nutritionist to formulate the best diets for the cows and veterinarians come to the farm regularly to check on the animal’s health.

Every day, advancements in animal care and milk quality methods result in better milk.

“What we do on our farm is the starting point for safe and nutritious dairy foods in the supermarket,” Easter said. “Because of this commitment at the dairy farm, people can count on wholesome dairy foods.”

Southeast dairy farmers protect their land, care for their animals and produce high quality milk and dairy foods for their families and yours. Visit www.southeastdairy.org or www.dedicatedtodairy.com for more information.

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