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Hometown Farmer: Burbach's Countryside Dairy

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Sometimes it's better doing things the old fashioned way, with reliable equipment.

"The first two numbers on it are a four and a nine, and that's the year it was built," said Dean Burbach, looking over the pasteurizing and homogenizing equipment at his dairy farm.

Some things taste better the old fashioned way, too.

That was the idea when Dean Burbach and his wife Lisa starting bottling milk just over seven years ago at Burbach's Countryside Dairy near Hartington, Nebraska.

It all starts with the cows, around 160 are milked every day.

The herd's mostly Holsteins mixed with a few Jerseys.

All of that milk ends up in glass bottles, the Burbach's even mix in a few different flavors.

"My favorite's banana and my wife's favorite is caramel latte," said Dean.

It adds up to about 4,000 gallons a week, that's between 8,000 and 10,000 bottles.

"If you piled up all the plastic we kept out of landfills it would cover a football field close to 15 to 20 feet deep," said Dean. "It's not piles and piles, but it's significant."

But the reason for going glass isn't just about protecting the environment. Dean says you can taste the difference.

He also says doing things the old fashioned way lets him spend a lot more time with five of his seven children.

"My kids might say it differently, but it really involves the family," said Dean. "I think I get to do more with my kids than most people realize."

If you know of any farmers you think would be great on "Proud to be a Hometown Farmer," please email Jake at: jheller@siouxlandnews.com

If you'd like to learn more about Burbach's Countryside Dairy, check out their web site at: http://burbachscountrysidedairy.com/ or their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/burbachsdairy

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