Dairy farmers co-op moves milk depot to Weld

Dairy Farmers of America will move its milk delivery depot from Henderson in Adams County to Weld County, a DFA representative said Monday.

DFA, a cooperative owned by dairy farmers, is moving to the northwest corner of Weld County roads 47 and 64, according to Weld planning documents.

The move comes as the cooperative’s business has shifted from the Denver area to Northern Colorado, where dairy farmers produce milk for manufacturers such as Leprino, Meadow Gold and Kroger, said Wade Meek, member services director for DFA in Colorado.

“Denver was our main market for a lot of years,” Meek said. “But with the growth of customers here in Northern Colorado, both in Greeley and Fort Morgan, it just makes sense for us to have our main depot up here.”

DFA will relocate its 15 trucks and 30 employees to the Weld depot, which serves as a milk delivery and pick-up hub. The new location will cut costs that DFA incurred when drivers made trips between Henderson and Greeley.

The Weld Planning Commission recommended approval earlier this month of a zoning change for the vacant farmland owned by Big Thompson Investment Holdings.

The Weld County Commission is scheduled to take up the request at its meeting Feb. 13. Afterward, DFA would require further county approval before it can occupy the site.

Plans to relocate the depot follow the opening of a DFA office in Windsor that concentrates on customer service, marketing and member services for Northern Colorado dairy farmers. The cooperative relocated the office from Thornton when its lease expired.

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