​Merrill Kelsay

Breeder of Dairy Cattle

Whiteland, IN


Kelsay Farms is a sixth generation dairy and crop farm that was founded in 1837 when the farm was land-granted to the family by President Martin Van Buren. Today, Mr. Kelsay runs a 500 cow dairy farm in partnership with his wife and family. Mr. Kelsay has continually adapted his business to meet the changing times of urban sprawl and the milk production industry.

Merrill and his family have been great stewards of the land, dedicated to caring for their animals, and committed to agriculture and nutrition education. Merrill has committed a great deal of his time to serving on many committees and board of directors. He was instrumental in forming the Indiana State Dairy Development Board. This required a significant amount of time and many trips to the Indiana State House. The creation of this Board was necessary in order to protect the local promotion and education programs that have had a significant impact for many years. This required drafting of legislation and dedication through state committees and the Indiana General Assembly. Merrill was a charter member of the IDDB that assures the promotions dollars are used as outlined by the legislation.

Mr. Kelsay is a well respected dairyman, a consummate professional, that exemplifies the qualities to which all can aspire – hard working, dedicated and trustworthy.

Congratulations and thank you to Merrill Kelsay for your leadership, unselfish devotion and dedication to the growth and continued existence of the Dairy/Milk production industry.​

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