Farm History

Farm History

In 1990, the Shetlers began to practice a managed grazing system with their cows. This means that they took their cows to their food instead of the other way around. By managing where their cows graze not only is their farmland in better shape, the cows are too, meaning very healthy, happy cows!

In the mid-1990s the Shetler Farm was faced with a decision. The cost of running the farm was getting more expensive, but unfortunately for them, the price of milk was going down. Seizing the opportunity, George and Sally began bottling and selling their own milk to local stores. The cool thing about Shetler’s milk is that it still comes in glass bottles. Having done it that way from the beginning, there’s no need to stop it now. Not only is the milk better in glass bottles, but the nostalgia it provides also can’t be beaten. Another benefit of glass is the bottles can be reused, creating a near 100% recycling rate.

In 2000, the bottling plant was completed. This has allowed Shetler Dairy to produce more milk than ever before. Over the last decade or so, new items such as ice cream, butter, and yogurt have been made available for sale all over northern and western Michigan.

Today, Shetler Dairy farm continues to be run by George and Sally. However, since 1979 the family has grown and continues to grow seemingly every year. Now on its third generation when you visit the farm you’ll see a whole slew of kids running around the farm. Shelter’s pride themselves on being family owned and operated. That’s the way it’s been since the start, and the way it will continue to be for a very long time.

Contact Us

Any questions or comments are more than welcome. We would love to hear from you!

Current Farm Store Hours:

OPEN: Monday thru Saturday: 10:00-5:00

(231) 258–8216

Please keep calls between 10am-5pm

Shetler Family Dairy
5436 Tyler Rd. SE
Kalkaska, MI 49646

Owners/Operators: George & Sally Shetler
Co-Operator: Pete Shetler
Plant Manager: Kaleb Shetler

Contact Us

Your questions and comments are more than welcome. We would love to hear from you!

Current Farm Store Hours:

OPEN: Monday thru Saturday: 10:00-5:00

 

(231) 258 – 8216

Please keep calls between 10am-5pm

Shetler Family Dairy

5436 Tyler Rd. SE

Kalkaska, MI 49646

Owners/Operators: George & Sally Shetler Co-Operator: Pete Shetler Plant Manager: Kaleb Shetler

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