Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When did Mayfield begin operations?

A: The dairy industry was much different back in 1910 when T.B. Mayfield, Jr., purchased some Jersey cows and started his business. When sons Scott and Tom took over the business after World War II, they used innovation and technology to become one of the most respected brands, not only in the southeastern U.S., but in the entire industry.

For more information visit our history page.

Q: Why do Mayfield Dairy products always taste so fresh?

A: Our delicious milk comes fresh from local dairies and our other dairy products are prepared in Mayfield plants right here in the Southeast, where you live. That means Mayfield products get to you faster and fresher than any other dairy.

Q: Where is Mayfield Dairy located?

A: We have facilities all over the southeast to help us get our products to you as fresh as possible - but we have two facilities open for visits: Athens, TN and Braselton, GA. You may visit one of our dairies to see for yourself how your favorite Mayfield products are made with a fun and educational behind-the-scenes tour!

Q: How can I find out more about taking a tour at a Mayfield facility?

A: See for yourself how your favorite Mayfield products are made with a fun and educational behind the scenes tour! Visit us in Athens, Tennessee - where it all began for Mayfield - or in Braselton, GA, to learn how our delicious milk makes it from our dairy to your fridge.

While you're here, browse the Mayfield gift shop and, of course, purchase a generous scoop of your favorite ice cream at our old-fashioned ice Cream Parlors. It's fun for the family or a perfect field trip for schools, church groups or any organization.

Find out more here!

Q: Does Mayfield produce more than milk and ice cream?

A: You bet! In addition to farm-fresh milk and ice cream, we offer a delicious line of frozen treats, frozen yogurts, and drinks ranging from tea to fruit punch and orange juice.

Q: At what temperature should I set my refrigerator to keep my Mayfield milk as fresh as possible?

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A: It's best to keep the temperature in your refrigerator between 33° to 38° Fahrenheit to keep your milk fresh. When the temperature of milk increases above 38° the product life begins to decrease. We recommend keeping a thermometer in your fridge, so you know you're maintaining the best temperature for your dairy products.

Q: Where can I find Mayfield products?

A: Mayfield products are available in numerous stores across the Southeast - primarily in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia and parts of Tennessee. Check out our distribution map to find a Mayfield retailer near you!

Q: What is your most popular ice cream flavor?

A: Our best selling ice cream flavor is Mayfield Butter Pecan.

Q: What else can I do to keep my Mayfield milk tasting fresh?

A: Everyone loves the farm-fresh flavor of Mayfield Dairy milk. And to make that fresh flavor last there are a couple of steps you can take. First, minimize the time your Mayfield milk is unrefrigerated - your milk should be the last thing you put in your grocery cart and the first thing you put in your fridge when you get home. Second, place your Mayfield milk jug as close to the rear of your refrigerator as possible to keep it at the coldest temperature.

Q: When were the first dairy cows brought to America?

A: While cows were first domesticated about 5,000 years ago, the first dairy cows were not brought to America until the 17th century – arriving in Jamestown, Virginia in 1611.

Q: How much food do cows eat each day?

A: Cows drink about a bathtub full of water and eat around 40 pounds of food a day! Cows spend about 6 hours eating and 8 hours chewing cud (regurgitated, partially digested food) a day – that’s 14 hours!

Q: Do cows really have four stomachs?

A: Cows don’t have four stomachs – they have four digestive compartments (rumen, reticulum, omasum, and abomasums).

Q: How much milk does a dairy cow make in a day?

A: An average cow, milked twice a day, produces about 10 gallons of milk a day – that’s 160 glasses of milk!
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