February 2013
Farm & Field

Dairying Done the Wright Way

 


David Wright is shown with some of his Holsteins in a summer pasture.

Family Business Built from the Ground Up

Ask anyone in Alexandria where Wright Dairy is located and they will tell you to turn off Highway 431 at the old milk delivery truck painted like a Holstein cow. They know where the dairy is because many of them buy all their dairy products there. The great thing for most customers is they don’t even have to get out of the car because the dairy store has a drive-through.

From Simple Times to Fast Times

David Wright is a second generation dairy farmer. His parents started the original dairy farm in the late 1940s, and they sold their milk in bulk to a creamery in a nearby county. The local doctor in town encouraged David’s father Milton to set up a bottling plant and deliver milk because he was concerned the children of the area did not have a good source of fresh milk. From 1949 to 1953, David rode the milk route with his dad picking up empty bottles. In those easy times, Wright’s Dairy even provided the school lunchroom in the county with fresh milk in half-pint bottles.