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Welcome to Hemker Dairy Farm

I'm Farmer Tom Hemker, and I operate a family dairy farm in Bartelso, Illinois. Our family has been farming for more than 150 years, and we pour our heart and soul into our work every day. We are proud to say that we are a family farm and care for more than 100 cows

One of the newest members of our herd is this sweet calf here. She doesn't have a name, yet, but if your classroom adopts her, you'll get to name her and watch her grow with monthly photos and updates.

Like most of the other dairy cows on our farm, she is a Holstein, a breed that is known for their black and white spots. This little calf is curious and kind and likes to play with her calf friends. She also eats a lot, which is important for her growth and development.

If you'd like to adopt her for your classroom, click the link on the right. Once your adoption form is received, we'll send you an email update with an adoption certificate that you can fill out and hang in your classroom, along with a video from me.

Each month, we'll send an email with a picture and update on your calf, along with fun, educational materials that help students learn about dairy farming and nutritious dairy foods.

Thanks for reading about our dairy farm and baby calf. We hope you'll consider adopting her and follow her during her journey this school year!

For information on the other calves available for adoption, click here.

Our Farm

Quick Facts

  • Our family has been farming for over 150 years
  • Calves are born weekly on our farm
  • We milk our cows twice a day, 7 days a week
  • It takes 3 hours each time we milk, and our farm produces 1,000 gallons of milk each day
  • Our herd is primarily made up of Holsteins—like the calf pictured here—which are known for their black and white spots