July 2014 
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Moo Roo 
3015 Kimball Ave. 
Waterloo, IA    
(319) 234-3309
Monday - Saturday:  
    8 a.m. to 10 p.m. 
   11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Hansen's Dairy Outlet 
127 E. 18th St. 
Cedar Falls, IA 
(319) 266-3044
Monday - Saturday:
    8 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
   11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Hansen's Tour Center 
8461 Lincoln Rd.
Hudson, IA 50643
(319) 939-2187
7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily 

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The Real Deal  
July coupon: Purchase $20 or more of merchandise (after membership discount) and get one pound of butter (salted or unsalted) at half price. 

Happy July 4! 
Our stores will be open regular hours on the Independence Day holiday.

Customer of
the Month

Our July Customer of the Month is Brittany Tibben of Cedar Falls. 


Favorite Hansen's product:
"The milk. It doesn't hurt my stomach like other milk from the store. We also love the chips/salsa, oatmeal, and smoked cheese."

Why do you shop at Hansen's?
"Because it's local, fresh, and tastes so good!"

Thanks, Brittany!

Customers of the Month get a $5 gift certificate and a vehicle decal for being featured in our newsletter.

Congrats to our big CA$H COW winner last month!
A Cedar Falls customer found a $100 jug in June. She was the only one to spot any marked jug as we didn't even have any $5 winners. Good eyes!

In July, we will mark 4 jugs with $100 (look inside the jug at your label when it's empty). Since we mark them at the beginning of the month, your best chance to find a large prize is in the next few days! 


There are also 10 jugs EVERY WEEK marked with a $5.00 prize. View details here on our website.

Cow of the Month

The July Cow of the Month is Larson. She is 5 years old and has had 4 calves - all bulls, unfortunately!

Larson has a perfect disposition and is a quiet leader. She wins the award for highest producer this month: On test day she gave 130 pounds (15 gallons)! She is also nearing the 100,000-pound mark for lifetime production. Yay for Larson!

Another plus for her is that she carries some special  genes - polled (no horns) and the Red & White color, which means some of her bulls had no horns and had a Red & White coat. All of these traits make Larson a special individual!  


BEST MATES - Kangaroo pals Razz (top) and Pogo play together on the Hansen farm. Come for a hands-on tour and you'll get to feed them a treat!

Even cows have smartphones now
Every milking cow wears a computerized collar.
Downloaded information from the collars is easily accessible by office computer.
Gone are the days of a cow wearing a simple bell around her neck. She now wears a high-dollar necklace to communicate with her owner!

Hansen cows wear AI24 collars to monitor their digestion and fertility, which are two of the most important aspects of raising a healthy dairy cow.

To monitor the digestion, the sensor on the collar records the pattern of rumination, or regurgitation, of a cow's cud. This is how she digests her food. The information is downloaded to a computer that herd manager Blake Hansen will read. If a cow "falls off" her pattern of digestion (not eating as much), the cow is flagged that she may be getting sick or close to labor. From this information we know a cow "burps up" her food (or ruminates) about 300 times a day!

Another feature of the collar is that it tracks fertility by measuring a cow's activity level. High activity means the cow is in heat, which is the optimum time to breed a cow.

Having this system is like having a set of eyes on the herd at all hours of the day. This allows Blake to more quickly diagnose a sick cow and to improve conception rates. That helps him sleep a little better at night!

Looking for a small, unique venue?


The Hansen Tour Center, a unique, all-concrete monolithic dome structure, is available for rent. Completed in 2012, the space is generally used for tourists and selling our products. The building has also been used to host Christmas parties, workshops, showers and corporate events. If you don't mind a place with a little (OK, a lot of) dairy flair, check us out! More information on our web page.

Some schools bring sack lunches for students to enjoy by our pond after their farm tour.
Hey, teachers!


Now is the time to start thinking about fall field trips to the farm. Many organizations in the area provide grant funding to make these trips possible.

Fall is a great time to visit Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy - the weather is typically nice and our tour schedule is less busy. Kids of all ages would benefit from an on-site educational tour of where milk comes from (hint: it's not the grocery store!)

Check out these organizations for grant opportunities and timelines: ____________________________________________________

Cooking with Hansen's


On the 4th of July, I often  focus on the grilling, the meats, the side dishes, the drinks, etc. The last thing that sounds fun is a complicated dessert. Here's a really easy, really delicious ice cream cake that will freshen up your fourth!


Super Easy Ice Cream Cake
  • 1 box of your favorite chocolate cake mix, baked in two
    9-inch cake pans and cooled completely
  • 3 cups Hansen's strawberry ice cream, softened 
  • 2 1/2 cups strawberries from Hansen's, hulled and halved 
  • 1/4 cup sugar 
  • 3/4 cup Hansen's heavy cream 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
Place one cake layer on a platter and top with the softened ice cream. Using a spatula, spread the ice cream evenly over the cake layer. Place the second cake layer on top and press down evenly and gently on the top layer. Freeze this cake until the ice cream is firm again, about two hours.

While the cake is freezing back up, mix the halved strawberries with the sugar in a mixing bowl and let it sit for 30 minutes. Take the cake out of the freezer to sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes. Whip the cream and vanilla together until the cream is stiff. Top the cake with the whipped cream and then the berries. Enjoy!!

Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy / 8617 Lincoln Rd / Hudson, Iowa 50643
Tours/information: (319) 939-2187