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Family Dairy Markets Milk In Glass Bottles
“If we hadn’t made the move to bottling our milk, I know we wouldn’t be milking cows today,” says Kentucky dairyman Willis Schrock of Russellville. Schrock moved to processing and bottling his milk in 2006 and today JD Country Milk employs a half dozen family members and distributes several milk products to retailers up to 200 miles away in Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee.
JD Country Milk gets its name from the “J.D.” initials of all eight of Willis and Edna’s kids. The company sells its non-homogenized milk products in returnable and reusable glass bottles. Glass preserves the milk’s natural flavor and also reduces landfill waste. The company’s top three products are whole milk, chocolate milk, and cream. Other products include strawberry milk, buttermilk, ice cream, and yogurt.
“We only pasteurize our milk at 145 degrees for 30 minutes, which keeps the good bacteria alive and allows milk to retain more of its natural flavor,” Schrock says. “People told us we couldn’t make chocolate milk without homogenizing, but we developed a system that makes it work, and our chocolate milk has become very popular.”
The company processes milk from its 55-cow on-site herd and also buys some milk from neighboring farmers. Their Jersey cow herd is owned and operated by the Schrock’s daughter Janette and her husband Luke. Milk is bottled every week on Monday, delivered on Tuesday, then bottled again on Wednesday, and delivered Thursday and Friday. The company maintains five delivery trucks and routes, four of them operated by four Schrock sons. Milk products are also available on-site at the farm.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, JD Country Milk, 1059 Ellis Road, Russellville, Ky. 42276 (www.jdcountrymilk.com).

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2023 - Volume #47, Issue #2