Calves…They’re Why I Live on the Dairy
Chace Fullmer grew up on his family’s dairy farm near Richfield, UT and he wanted the same for his family. “I was raised on a farm, so I guess I don’t know a lot different, but it’s a really good way to grow up. You learn responsibility and you learn a lot of care for the animals and the land.”
From the time he was young, Chace’s favorite part of dairy farming has been the birth of calves. He loves watching new life, seeing a calf’s unique spots, and monitoring the well-being of the mothers and their newborns. When Chace was deciding where to build his home on the dairy, this thought was top of mind. About where he lives, Chace says, “I live…well, I can throw a rock and hit the milk barn. I live right in front of the maternity.” This placement was by design, so he could closely monitor cows having babies. At Cedar Ridge Dairy, between 4-6 calves are born each day. With his house just behind the maternity pen, Chace can hear if a cow needs help in the middle of the night; no matter the time, he can tend to her within minutes.
Along with his father and 2 brothers, Chace plays a key role managing the daily operations of the dairy. One of his primary responsibility is calf care. “It is very important to us to have a very healthy bunch of calves, and we do.” From the time a calf is born, it is given incredible amounts of individual attention. From feeding, to bedding, to housing, and working closely with the dairy’s veterinarian, all details are considered to give calves and cows the healthiest life possible.
Chace’s family spends a lot of time with him on the dairy, and his young daughter has inherited her father’s love for animals. For Chace and his family, dairy farming is their way of life, it is what they do, and they love it.