Irish Blessing

May there always be work
for your hands to do;

May your purse always
hold a coin or two;

May the sun always shine
on your windowpane;

May a rainbow be certain
to follow each rain;

May the hand of a friend
always be near you;

May God fill your heart
with gladness to cheer you

Arizona Dairy Facts

Milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is processed into more than 1.5 billion pounds of butter, more than 9.7 billion pounds of cheese, more than 1.5 billion pounds of nonfat dry milk, and nearly 1.5 billion pounds of ice cream.

Dairy herds in the United States are quite diverse. The average dairy herd in the United States has about 128 cows. Arizona has the largest dairies, averaging approximately 2000 cows, followed by California, which averages 824 cows; the remaining top five include New Mexico with an average of 814 cows, Idaho with 684 cows, and Washington with 313 cows.

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About UsPhoto of Paul Rovey

Ponderovey Dairy started in 1943 when Emil Rovey, my father, purchased a farm in Glendale, Arizona. Today, our dairy is run by the second and third generation of Roveys. Myself, along with my wife, Deborah, and our five children, care for the cows, the land and manage our team of employees.

We milk Jersey cows. We are dedicated to providing you with safe, high-quality milk and dairy products. Our commitment to quality also means caring for our animals and the land.

We also raise Watusis on Ponderovey Dairy. Watusis are known for their large, distinctive horns that can reach up to eight feet from tip to tip.

Visit our photo gallery to see photos of the animals we care for on our farm.

We care about the same things you do. Below is a statement of our beliefs.

Our Animals. The health and well-being of our animals is our top priority. This means providing them with nutritious feed, regular veterinary checkups and comfortable, safe housing. We know that if we take care of them, they will take care of us.

Safe, High-Quality Milk. We do everything possible to ensure the safety, quality and security of the U.S. milk supply. This starts with healthy cows and proper milking procedures, and ends with testing every tank of milk before it leaves our farm to ensure a fresh, pure and wholesome product.

Our Employees and Family. We take tremendous pride in providing a safe and pleasant work environment for our family members and employees. Our success depends on them. We strive to provide ongoing training to ensure their safety and the security of the milk and dairy products we produce.

The Environment. We have the utmost respect for the environment we all share. We are dedicated to protecting the land, air and water, and employ many modern technologies to preserve our natural resources for future generations to enjoy.

The Law. We promise to adhere to the permits, licenses and regulations that are required of our business. We take our role in the food production very seriously and are committed to following local, state and federal laws in all areas of our farm – from milk licenses to environmental permits.

Using the Expertise of Others. We continue to rely on veterinarians and dairy cattle nutritionists to provide counsel regarding medical care, balanced diets and best practices for disease prevention for our herd. We hire soil and water experts to educate and train us on environmental stewardship.

Healthy Products. We are proud to produce a product that is packed with calcium and eight other vitamins and mineral essential to your family’s health and well-being.

Our Industry. We are American dairy producers and agriculturists. Our great country was built on agriculture, and we look forward to continuing the tradition of providing food that is safe, healthy and affordable for the citizens of this country and consumer worldwide.

Our Community. We consider ourselves privileged to be part of this community. We strive to add to the success of our neighborhood by supporting local businesses and organizations and boosting the economy with jobs and commerce.

- Paul Rovey