Ell Family


How long have you been dairy farming?

Our farm has been in our family for 110 years - and still counting!


Tell us about a typical day on a dairy farm.

We milk our cows every morning from 4:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. After that, we take a quick coffee break and then it's on to other chores around the farm (bedding, feeding) which typically takes until lunchtime. Our afternoons vary depending on the time of year. In spring, summer and fall, we are usually in the fields. In winter, we are usually in the barns and taking some extra time bedding to make sure the cows are dry and warm in the cold Saskatchewan winters. Our second milking takes place at 3:30 p.m. and we are usually out of the barn by 6:00 p.m. for supper.

What do you wish people knew about dairy farms?

We want people to know how much we love and care for our cows. They are the centre of our operation and we make sure every day that they are happy and healthy. We are held to high standards for our milk and cow care and want consumers to trust us. We love what we do and we love to provide high-quality milk for people.


What are you most proud of on your farm?

We take a lot of pride in our cow comfort. Our farm has been in our family for a long time and we are proud to continue living this lifestyle.


What do you see for the future of dairy farming in Canada?

The future, right now, seems a bit uncertain. Small family farms are slowly decreasing and consumers and producers are losing connection. However, we believe that with the increased communication between farmers and consumers, the future for all agricultural sectors is bright. 


What is your favourite dairy product?

Chocolate milk, white milk, ice cream, cheese, yogurt - pretty much everything.