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For married couple and Milking R Dairy owner-operators Sutton and Kris Rucks, dairy farming is more than just their profession, it’s their family history. Born in Okeechobee, Sutton started milking full-time in 1986 when he graduated from high school, and has continued the tradition of a family that raised dairy cows in South Florida since the 1930s. Today, the Rucks milk a little over 1,300 cows twice a day and produce more than 13,000 gallons of milk daily, some for soft-serve cones at McDonald’s restaurants across the state of Florida.
Each cow at the Milking R Dairy is housed in an open-air barn with a built-in misting system, giant fans and sand beds. Each day, some of the 13,000 gallons of milk produced by Milking R Dairy ends up in McDonald’s soft-serve cones at locations throughout the state of Florida.
The fourth generation of Rucks are already hard at work on the dairy farm, with daughter Lindsay helping with daily cow and replacement heifer care, and son Garrett overseeing cattle and crop production and maintenance. Together, the Rucks are carrying their legacy of family farming into the future.