Brian and Carole Gerloff of Woodstock are one of the partners. Brian is the herd veterinarian for the Aves' dairy farm. He grew up on a dairy farm in the Woodstock area that has been in the Gerloff family for more than 100 years. A Michigan State graduate with a PhD in Dairy Nutrition, Dr. Gerloff has been practicing veterinary medicine, with an emphasis on nutrition, for over 25 years.
The Aves Family
Todd and Brenda Aves of Belvidere milk approximately 90 cows on the family farm south of Belvidere. The farm has been in the Aves family for over 100 years.
In 2017, Hildebrandt Family Farms near Hustisford, Wisconsin became a partner. Originally from Woodstock, Illinois, 1st generation farmers, Mildred and Gene Hildebrandt moved the farm to its current location in 1960. The farm is now run by Millie and Gene's sons, Alvin and Roger, as well as the third generation - Jared, Ty, and Brett, Alvin and Roger's sons. The Hildebrandt's currently milk 80 cows.
The Hildebrandt Family
Our Process We at Prairie Pure Cheese work with Master Cheesemakers. Our milk is transported to the cheese plants where it is stored in its own silo overnight. Early the next morning, it is processed as its own batch into our cheese, so in less than 24 hours, the milk is harvested and manufactured into cheese. We take the utmost care in producing quality milk which is reflected in the taste and quality of our cheese.
The Cows Content and well cared for, the cows producing the milk for Prairie Pure Cheese are housed in state of the art comfort, with great care taken to provide the highest quality feed and environment. They are fed a well-balanced diet relying mostly on home grown grains and forages. The dairies and their practices are "Certified Humane" by the American Humane Association. No artificial growth hormone is used in the production of the milk.