What do you do if you’re a dairy farmer with dreams of passing along the business to your sons, but instead you are blessed with three daughters? If you’re Richard Clauss, who started Clauss Dairy Farms in the 1950s with 25 cows, you find a way to instill your love of the Jersey cow in your daughters and help each of them start their own dairy.
Kimberly Clauss Jorritsma and her sister, Karen Tate, are partners in Jersey Generations, which oversees the management of Clauss Dairy Farms and Sunwest Jersey Dairy, milking over 3,300 registered Jersey cows and providing milk for Hilmar Cheese Company. The operations are based in California’s Central Valley.
Hilmar Cheese Company was founded in 1984 with 12 Jersey families. “We were seeking to maximize the value of our high solids Jersey milk,” says Kimberly. “Today, we have more than 200 dairies in California and Texas providing high quality milk to produce cheese, whey protein, and lactose. Hilmar ships those products to more than 50 countries around the world.”
I’m just so thankful that I’m able to work in agriculture and able to work with my family in this environment.
—KIMBERLY CLAUSS JORRITSMA