KANSAS CITY, Kan. (March 21, 2018) – The van Dieden family, owners of Van Dieden Dairy in Winnsboro, Texas, has been named among the 2018 Members of Distinction by Dairy Farmers of America (DFA).

The Members of Distinction program recognizes dairy farmers who excel on their operations, in their communities and in the industry. Honorees inspire others through their actions, leadership and involvement. They represent the best of the dairy industry.

DFA comprises more than 14,500 farmer-owners across the United States. Each year, one notable member farm from each of DFA’s seven regional Areas is selected to receive this honor. Van Dieden Dairy represents the Cooperative’s Southeast Area.

For Arne and Ingrid van Dieden, moving from their home in the Netherlands to Winnsboro, Texas, offered a chance to expand their family and their business. Today, the couple milks 700 cows, along with their four children: Anthony, Emma, Lisa and Niels.

With cow care as a key priority, the family built a pack barn, including fans and a sprinkler system to help keep their cows cool and comfortable. The van Diedens credit these investments with helping them produce high-quality milk, which they’re proud to provide to their local school district.

“Our milk stays local and goes to our school system,” Anthony says. “Being able to brag that people in the school are drinking milk that came from my dairy, that’s pretty neat.”

In addition to paying attention to the health and comfort of the herd, the van Diedens are careful about their impact on the environment.

“We want to keep on dairying and also want our kids or somebody else’s kids to keep on dairying,” Arne says. “That means being good stewards for the land. I think that is really important for us.”

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