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A partnership was announced recently between Vets Plus, Inc. (VPI) of Knapp, Wisconsin, and Emerald/Baldwin Dairies. The partnership allows VPI to conduct field trials at Emerald Dairy and use their on-site classroom to educate customers on visits and for training purposes.

The partnership between the two companies is designed to help both increase the production and well-being of the cows on site using nutraceuticals and through trials and Research and Development opportunities.

John Vrieze is the owner of Emerald/Baldwin Dairies and shared in a statement, “I was excited after meeting Raj. I enjoy working with people who say, ‘Let’s try that.’”

Vrieze’s wife, Pam, also manages a greenhouse that is heated from methane as a byproduct from the diary digester. The company is experimenting with the digester effluent and other farm byproducts so that they can more adequately self-sustain the greenhouse. The Vrieze family has been farming in St. Croix County since 1906.

Some of the products VPI is a manufacturer and distributor of include Probios, Replamin, Swine Prefer, Pets Prefer, Goats Prefer, and Horses Prefer product lines. Raj Lall founded VPI in 1990 and began the manufacture and distribution of animal health and nutrition products. Today, VPI has a 100,000 square foot facility for offices, warehouse, and manufacturing. They maintain ISO-9001 and NASC certifications and are both cGMP and AAFCO complaint as well as being a member of the American Pet Products Association (APPA).

Emerald Dairy, Baldwin Dairy, and Emerald Dairy II milks 2,200 cows and produces over 180,000 pounds of milk daily. Emerald Daily II also has a building on site for classroom work and dormitories, particularly for students of the University of Minnesota working on their continuing field education.

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