Challenge: Like many family farms in Arizona, Du Brook Dairy management have a difficult time retaining dependable work crews at their dairy outside Casa Grande.
Solution: When they approached the Labor Partnership team, there were no inmates available at any nearby (they need to be within 60 miles) to come to their dairy. But they liked the program and went ahead and signed a contract with the hopes that someday soon, there would be inmates available. About six months later in 2018, the Labor Partnership team identified 28 inmates from the Florence West Prison and they began making the trip to the dairy each day.
At first the dairy managers were simply training the inmates to do the simple tasks like cleaning the milking area and milking the cows. But as they learned more about the inmate’s prior work experience they began to rely on some of them to perform maintenance around the farm, like welding broken fences and repairing equipment (see pictures below).
"Finding agricultural workers has been very difficult in Arizona. ACI has been vital, from suppling qualified employees to our dairy farm. The wide variety of experience they have, ranged from qualified mechanics, welders, and some that were eager and fast learners to become great Milkers."
– Casey Dugan