Milk Source Strives For Sustainability

Milk Source founders — John Vosters, Todd Willer and Jim Ostrom — were World Dairy Expo’s 2020 Dairy Producers of the Year for their “instrumental contributions to the dairy industry and their communities.”

Vosters says this honor and the continued success of their farms can be attributed to their ongoing commitment to sustainability, measured in environmental stewardship, top-shelf animal care and community engagement.

Milk Source was co-founded in 1999 by UW-Madison graduates Jim Ostrom, John Vosters and Todd Willer. Each is from a multi-generational Wisconsin farm family. Vosters traces Milk Source’s roots back to 1965 when a small 30-cow dairy farm was started in Freedom by John’s parents.

Today, Vosters and his cofounders operate dairies in Wisconsin, Michigan and Missouri, producing milk that is used to make cheese, butter and other dairy products. Milk Source also has a Wisconsin calf farm and a heifer-raising facility.

Vosters says quality genetics is a unique way Milk Source practices sustainability, even competing against the best of the best at the 2021 World Dairy Expo. The farm captured the Red & White Grand Champion title with Antia Absolute Joline-RED. She’s a three-time grand champion of the Wisconsin Red & White Championship.