On June 24th, I joined a group of Greater New York Dietetic Association (GNYDA) members as we spent the day at Fulper Family Farmstead in Lambertville, NJ. The group met in NYC to take a bus to NJ to tour the 107 year old family-run dairy farm, learn about dairy, and chow down on tasty treats! 

Fulper Farm Lunch

During the bus ride, we chatted, networked, played dairy trivia and watched a video about farms in the North East.  Upon arrival, we were greeted by members of the Fulper family with delicious cheese samples made right on the farm.

Fulper Farmstead Cheese

Breanna Fulper Lundy, Mikayla Fulper, Emma Andrew and Stacey Jackson kicked the visit off with some introductory words as we got comfortable and enjoyed amazing lunch of quiche, sandwiches, salad and fruit.

Next up, we learned about cow health and working on the farm from veterinarian Jon Higgins. Dairy is highly regulated and each batch of milk is checked carefully. All milk with even trace amounts of antibiotics is discarded and farms are fined.

Fulper Farm Veterinarian

We also learned that ear tags are placed on the ear of each animal with a unique number to maintain accurate health and milk records.

calf ear tag

Cows have their own nutritionists!  Cow nutritionist, Stephen, explained the different types of feed with a show-and-tell where we were able to see, touch and smell the different feeds. Fun fact: Fulper Farms grows all their own feed for their cows at the farm.

cow feed

We joined Mikayla Fulper as she showcased the entire farm – different sections for cows of different ages, fields where soy beans are grown for the cows, the silos where the food is stored, and solar panels that produce enough energy (500 kilowatts) to power all of the farm’s operations.

Fulper Farm

The group came back to some fresh chocolate milk and had a chocolate milk toast!  Then, fellow Dietitian, Toby Amidor gave a presentation on deciphering the myths vs. the facts about lactose and everyone enjoyed some dessert.

chocolate milk toast

Finally, the group headed in to see some playful calves and then got to see the milking process.

calf

It was an awesome day of learning, enjoying tasty dairy and cow-hugging fun!