About Hansen’s Dairy
Hansen’s Dairy is a family-owned dairy farm near Hudson, Iowa. Jay and Jeanne Hansen’s farm has been in the family since Jay’s ancestors immigrated from Germany in 1861. It is a Century Farm and is almost a Heritage Farm. The dairy herd originated in 1953 and was brought onto the land by Jay’s father. Jay and Jeanne raised four sons on the farm, Brent, Brad, Blair, and Blake, as well as a daughter, Lynn. Just like most kids do, they grew up and moved off the farm to begin their own lives.
When all four sons were interested in returning to work on their home farm, the Hansens needed a way to add value to their product so several families could be supported. After extensive research, they decided to process their own milk. In November 2002, creamery construction began, and in February 2004, the first gallon of nonhomogenized whole milk was produced. The product line has grown since then to include skim, 1% and chocolate milk, 30 different flavors of hard ice cream, a soft-serve mix, cheese curds, butter, heavy cream, egg nog and ice cream pies and cakes. Today, we own 175 cows and 190 heifers, all purebred Holsteins registered under the Jaywood prefix. We operate a closed herd and sell our surplus cows. We have mostly Black & White Holsteins but we have a few Red & White Holsteins as well.
Just like Toucan Sam for Froot Loops and Tony the Tiger for Frosted Flakes, a wallaby serves as a mascot for our milk. Blake Hansen, one of the farm’s co-owners, loved the wallabies he saw in Australia and wanted the miniature kangaroos for pets. He purchased three wallabies straight from New Zealand right about the time we began processing our own milk. A cartoon wallaby was drawn with a cow in the pouch and our logo was born.
Families, students and other groups frequently take tours of the farm. We recently opened our new tour center dome at 8461 Lincoln Road and offer trolley rides down to the farm. We are a Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Site.
For more information about Hansen’s, please visit our website at www.hansendairy.com!