Rob Young
My wife, Miranda, and I have a daughter named Mia, 17. I own Young Milk Transport and live in Plainview, Minnesota.

Tell us about your background. I grew up on a dairy farm milking cows with my 10 brothers and sisters.

How did you get started in milk hauling? I started hauling milk for Freemont Creamery when I was 19 years old. I hauled canned milk from Amish farms for about 1.5 years. In 1991, I started driving for Gene Boetcher, who hauled for Plainview Milk Products, whom my brother, Richard, also drove for. I worked for him until 1995 when I bought one truck from him – the same truck I use today – and took over half the route.

What is your daily routine? I get up at 12:30 a.m. and check out both my trucks. I start one up and usually get to my first farm to start pumping milk from the bulk tank by 1 a.m. Between my two trucks, we pick up six loads of milk each day and deliver it to Plainview Milk Products. When I get home from hauling, I repair anything that may be broken and get the trucks ready for the next day such as greasing, oil changes and fixing lights or tires. I try to go to bed by 5 p.m.

What do you enjoy most about being a milk hauler? I like interacting and talking with the farmers I haul for all throughout the year. We talk about spring planting, harvest and different issues that come up in the dairy world. I also enjoy seeing the plant workers and other haulers every day.

What has been your most unique memory while hauling milk? The blizzard Feb. 23, 2019. I started the night earlier than usual at 11 p.m. It was not bad then, but by 1 a.m., the wind was blowing so hard I could not see the road and drifts were building. I got my truck stuck in the road. The nearby farmer who I was going to go pick up milk from tried to plow out the road for me, but he also got stuck on the way. So, I hunkered down in my truck until I was able to get out at about 10 a.m. It took us three days and a lot of extra help from employees, friends and farmers to get caught up. Three of my farmers had to dump milk. It was a very helpless feeling not being able to get to those farms.

Tell us about how your occupation has changed since you started. I notice a lot more cow comfort and cow care. The farmers are very passionate about taking care of their cows. There are fewer farms than when I started out, but the farms are larger and so are the trucks and tanks. When I started hauling, we would get going at about 7 a.m. Now it seems trucks and farms are running at all hours of the day.

How much time a week do you spend in your truck? Truck time is about 60-80 hours per week between two trucks.

What do you do pass the time while hauling milk? I like to listen to the radio.

Tell us something about your job that most people do not know. There are no snow days, late starts or sick days. It is very similar to milking cows. It goes on seven days a week, 365 days a year. If our truck breaks down, we cannot take the day off. We have to rent another truck and keep hauling.

What is your favorite dairy product and meal? My favorite dairy products are milk and vanilla ice cream.

What do you do in your free time? I like to camp, play sand league volleyball, spend time with family and snowmobile.