Henk and Linda Sevenhuysen Named 2015 Outstanding Dairy Producers of the Year
Indiana Dairy Producers is very pleased to announce that the 2015 Outstanding Dairy Producer of the Year is Henk and Linda Sevenhuysen, Seven Hills Dairy in Goodland, Indiana.
Henk and his wife of 22 years, Linda, milk cows on site in Benton County, and they also have heifers custom raised on a farm in Illinois. They have two children, Pete and Sharon.
Why is Henk a dairy farmer? “It’s a disease that I have,” jokes Henk. From the time that he was 2 years old, he wanted to milk cows, and it is all he has ever wanted to do. His folks tried to discourage him, but there was never a doubt in Henk’s mind that he would be around cows.
Henk is a 4th generation dairy farmer, but he is a first generation dairy farmer in the US. Henk emigrated from Holland. After first settling in Ontario, Canada in 1996, he moved to his current location in Indiana and started milking there in 2003. He is currently marketing his milk through Chula Vista Cheese. Henk spent 6 years on the Indiana Dairy Producers board of directors, serving several of those years as vice president. Henk and Linda have also hosted many farm tours. Henk shares a valuable perspective with his experience in dairy farming in three countries.