The Morell Dairy Farm is a premier dairy farm and creamery located on the cusp of Blanchard and Mooringsport along the Boom or Bust Byway. With just a 25-minute drive from downtown Shreveport, you’ll have the creamiest milk, the richest chocolate milk, and the smoothest butter you’ll ever taste. This is coming from someone who has never been a fan of milk. The smell and flavor of store bought milk nauseates me, and I didn’t even like eating it with cereal as a child. I thought a trip to the Morell Dairy Farm would be a difficult one, but I was wrong. The whole milk is a thick, light-yellow color with a slight hint of sweetness. The chocolate milk tastes like melted ice cream, and the butter is good on everything it touches.
Morell Dairy Farm owners, Randy and Ann Morell, welcomed me into their family farm, well-kept factory and field of pets with no problem. Growing up, Randy’s father milked cows. He used his farming familiarity to excel in school, as well as learned the science behind milk production while obtaining his bachelor’s degree in dairy science at Louisiana State University. (Geaux Tigers!)
As we toured the factory, I remember thinking to myself, Mr. Morell is not your stereotypical farmer – at all. He explained the cow milking process, why he does not homogenize the milk, calculated the machines’ temperatures and even elaborated on the packaging and distribution procedures. Operating this dairy farm is a “two-man” show. Mr. and Mrs. Morell inseminate, milk, produce, package, sell and distribute all on their own.
After the factory tour, I was able to meet their field pets. I refer to their “cows” as pets because they were treated no less than the average house dog or cat. A few tickles behind their ears and a good rub on their snout, they’d lick your face and brush against you for snuggles. In the midst of me using the term “cows” so loosely, I learned the difference between a cow and a heifer. A cow is a female that has birthed at least one calf, and all other females are heifers. I met a few heifers that I wouldn’t mind meeting again – Catherine, Clementine and Marie. These three Jersey heifers couldn’t get enough cuddles and camera time.
Morell Dairy Farm had their official grand opening in November last year. Since then, they have their products at more than three locations in the Shreveport-Bossier area, including Rhino Coffee, Lowder Baking Company and Maxwell’s Market. Gearing up for summer 2020, the Morell Dairy Farm is planning to have farm and factory tours available by appointment. They are currently open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.For more information about Morell Dairy Farm, located at 4743 Highway 169 in Mooringsport, follow their Facebook page or www.morelldairyfarm.com.
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