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Ode family opening Royalwood Dairy to community Saturday
By Staff reports

June 14. 2013 9:20AM
The Ode family of rural Brandon will host a lunch on the farm at their dairy, Royalwood Dairy from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Visitors can roam the dairy farm and enjoy a free pork lunch starting at 10:30 a.m.

Visitors can participate in guided tours of the dairy and learn more about dairy farming and how milk gets from the farm to the store. Children’s entertainer, Phil Baker will provide entertainment for kids visiting the dairy at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Families can milk “Bessy” the cow, make crafts as a part of Hood Magazine’s Make N’ Take monthly activity and participate in other family friendly activities to be taking place.

Since 2008 the Ode family has hosted an open house at their dairy every June in celebration of Dairy Month. “We appreciate the Ode family’s willingness to open up their farm to their neighbors and folks from the surrounding communities,” said Kelly Nelson, outreach director for Ag United. “It is a great opportunity for people to see firsthand how committed South Dakota Dairy farmers are to their cows and the environment.”

Royalwood Dairy is located 5 miles south of Brandon on SD Highway 11 and 1/2 mile east on 266th Street or from Sioux Falls on I-229 take exit 6, the 10th street exit follow to Highway 11 corner then turn ½ mile north on Highway 11 and ½ mile east on 266th street.

The event is sponsored in part by South Dakota Farm Families and Ag United, Midwest Dairy Association and South Dakota soybean farmers and their check-off.

To learn more about South Dakota dairy families visit Midwest Dairy Association on the web at

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