Kreider Farms

Kreider Farms, Manheim: Hours, Address, Kreider Farms Reviews: 4.5/5

Kreider Farms
4.5
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Kreider Farms offers a farm tour for guests with a reservation. All tours begin and end at the Welcome Center, located at 1463 Lancaster Road, Manheim, PA 17545.
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1-2 hours
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Stefanie M
6 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
First time going there because I wanted to see cows being milked at one time. I did see it and it was interesting. Our tour guide was funny and driver was great. Got free milk and the chocolate milk was delicious, not the same as the supermarket bought ones. Only complaint I have is that there should be a petting zoo or something else for the kids to do. But overall it was a good experience.
Written April 23, 2022
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Kaire L
2 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
My family had a lovely tour on Valentine's Day! From the moment we walked into the Welcome Center, I knew my family was going to have a great time! Our tour guide was kind and knowledgeable. We learned alot about cows. The sample of fresh milk we each got was the best! I highly recommend stopping at Kreider Farms, whether you live here or you're traveling to Lancaster, PA.
Written February 15, 2020
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wagmal
Missouri110 contributions
May 2022 • Family
We all loved our farm tour. The ride was great, guides very informative and the experience very educational. The cow carousel was our favorite part then driving through the moo-ternity barn was our 2nd favorite. I do wish there was a video showing the process after the cows have been milked to see the rest of the process. But overall it was great and we would do it again!
Written May 24, 2022
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ksg139
2 contributions
Feb 2022
Great family experience although my husband and I are empty nesters and still found it enjoyable. I have a dairy degree so we have been to many a dairy farm, but the magnitude of this farm was fascinating and it was definitely our first merry go round milking parlor. Ada the tour guide was enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge with all ages. Glad we took the tour on a whim, kudos to Kreider farm for working toward environmentally sound farming practices.
Written March 4, 2022
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brian m
1 contribution
Sep 2021
Our driver Jenny and tour guide Mr. Miller, were both terrific. Informative, funny and professional. It's a great tour of the dairy "business"on a grand scale. The facts and figures were mind boggling. Took plenty of time in each location. Well worth the time to see. Thanks Krieder Farms!
Written September 13, 2021
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rich g
Hanover, PA40 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Had a great tour and learned alot. The driver and the tour guide were awesome. The cows there are really taken care of. Got a free chocolate milk and the view from the silo was well worth the climb!
Written August 19, 2021
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Medic2012
New Jersey, USA11 contributions
Jan 2015 • Family
Our tour group involved two adults and three five-year-old boys. It was led by Ada (aka Rosie the cow), a charming and quirky school teacher who clearly enjoys dedicating her days to "making new friends" and leading these tours.

We met at the appointed place and time and, after pleasantries and having a flag placed, were told to tune to an FM radio channel for the tour. There were some significant problems with the antenna attached to Ada's vehicle which caused some static and us to not be able to hear here, but all was thankfully resolved before we left the parking lot. The group of four vehicles -- the guide plus three tourist vehicles -- drove the short distance to the farm while being given a history of the families behind the farm. Our first "stop" was at the machine shop where we were told what these busy folks do each and every day while seeing some of the delivery trucks in the rear of the yard. The explanation and story was interesting, but there was nothing to "see" here while waiting. We then moved on to the farm itself where we first learned the chicken operations (which you can't tour due to avian flu concerns) and about the food being stored for the cows, This part was actually quite interesting to the adults, but the children were beginning to get a little rammy. The next stop was to discuss the Maternity ward and the "vacation" barn. How they handle the cows before and after giving birth, as well as caring for the sick or injured was explained. We next saw the "perfume palace" where they manage the manure, saving the liquid for fertilization via an underground tubing network while they mix the "dry" with chicken manure and bag and sell it. The kids were definitely fidgeting by this point. Thankfully, the next portion was a drive through their "Cow Palace" where "the girls" spend the majority of their day -- eating and lounging on pads made from ground tires. The waste management and cleanliness features of the barn were discussed and rolling down the windows brought you rather close to the bovines on either side of your car. It was made clear that this farm is a no-touch one, and pictures was the closest we wanted to get to preserve the integrity of the tour. The boys loved this part of the tour. The final stop (and the only time you got out of the car) was at the carousel building. After a brief introduction, the carousel process was explained and we viewed the "second station" of the carousel through a door where we could see the worker attaching the automated milker. You could clearly see how much milk was being gathered in very short order once active. There was a single room bathroom in this area marked "visitors only" (and this is your only option through the duration of the tour!), though one of the workers was waiting to go in when my group came out. We then went briefly outside and back into the building where we entered a room where you could see the beginning portion of the (very unique) milking carousel. We were given (our choice of) white milk or chocolate milk and then ascended a stairway to a glass-windowed observation area. From this vantage you could see the moving gate which corrals the cows into the chute, the cows entering the carousel, the hoof bath and antiseptic spray, and the worker who wipes the spray from the teats before the automated milker is attached. You could see from the top how the cows drank all the way around and then stepped back after the milking was complete, getting a massage and returning to their area in the cow palace. The glass in these areas was in desperate need of cleaning, and the tour guide herself indicated she planned to return soon and clean them.

The tour itself was fun and informative, with the children getting the most out of the drive-through barn and the milking carousel. The tour guide really had fun with things and made it enjoyable for all. The cows looked clean and well cared for, and the smells were not at all overwhelming. The guide discussed not just history and processing but also sustainability, environmental friendliness, and the expansion plans of the farm for the near future.

I was very impressed with the content of the tour, as the information was quite good -- at least for adults. The process of booking the tour wasn't difficult either, with Debora doing a great job of communicating. The only issue I have with this tour was with the cost -- $40 per vehicle of 4, or in our case, $48 for a vehicle of 5. I really felt this price was a bit steep, especially considering three of the occupants of our vehicle were so young. We paid nearly as much for a 90 minute tour of the farm (which entertained the kids for about 12 minutes) as we did for a full day of activities for the family including the taste lab at the Turkey Hill experience. The price/value proposition for our group simply wasn't as palatable.

I don't think I would return for a future tour -- this is likely a "one and done" event.
Written January 20, 2015
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Sbury_11
York, PA60 contributions
Apr 2015 • Family
Just had a perfectly lovely afternoon (12:15 pm to 2 pm) on the Kreider Farm tour trolley with the absolutely fabulous tour guide Ada...she added humor and zest that was totally unexpected. We parked at the Welcome Center on Rt. 72, saw a short film about the farm while Ada filled us in on the history.

We had a 3 and almost 2 year old along with our 11 year granddaughter and they were as enthralled as we were.

It is a huge farm and thankfully we stayed in the trolley to cover its entirety...a long walk otherwise. The "Cow-rousel" was fascinating...robotic milkers taking care of the cows three times a day.

We signed up for lunch at Lintias afterwards...the perfect end to the day with delicious Kreider ice cream for dessert.

We got our tickets through Groupon but would pay full price to do it again!
Written April 25, 2015
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chris_oshiro
West Orange, NJ42 contributions
Dec 2013 • Family
The most recent review almost made me not come, and that would have been a big mistake. The tour was fantastic. Our tour guide (Andrew Miller) was a retired dairy farmer, and he was just excellent. He led our tour with fun facts and experienced perspective. The tour was a full 90 minutes, but it did not feel like it.

The drive from the meeting point to the farm is only 5 minutes or so, and during that time the tour guide gave us a nice little history lesson on Kreider Farms and family. Did you know Kreider is Hershey family? I did not know this!

Once at the farm, we drive past several buildings while the tour guide explains what is going on at each location. Get ready for the 101 on dairy farming. Everything from developing the cow feed to handling the manure. The manure processing building was called the Perfume Building. :)

We then drove through a long building where the cows were fed and ended up at the milking station. You get pretty close to the cows. We were treated to some cold chocolate milk. (BTW - all the animals looked very well cared for)

My kids loved every minute of it. The adults enjoyed it as much as the kids.

2 things to note. When I spoke to Deborah in the morning, she was nice enough to inform me of a Groupon I did not know about. Saved me 50%. Thanks Deborah!

Also I went with a party of 10, and we lucked out to be the only ones on the tour. We attended during the low season. So it was a little more private.

All in all... great stop. Andrew was great.
Written December 27, 2013
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JerCind
Elizabethtown, PA10 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
We were greeted by our tour guide Ada who was EXCELLENT. She was very knowledgeable, but made all the information fun. We took the Trolley Tour and I would highly recommend it for adults and older children. The younger children liked the cows, but got restless listening. I found the information and the state of the art facility very interesting and will plan a visit for our out of town relatives.
Written August 13, 2015
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