PHOTO BY LEN EMERY
Vermont Dairy Farm of Year owner Heidi Dolloff of Dolloff Acres Farm in Springfield shows off the 80-cow herd of prize-winning registered Holsteins that she and her husband Mike own.
SPRINGFIELD — A Springfield farm has been named Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year.
The award has been presented to Dolloff Acres Farm by the University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Dairy Industry Association in cooperation with the New England Green Pastures Program.
Mike and Heidi Dolloff’s operation milks 80 cows twice a day. The herd averages 24,000 pounds of milk with 4.3 percent butterfat and 3.2 percent protein, which officials say can be attributed to excellent herd management practices, quality feed and selective breeding.
“They are a testament that small 80-cow dairies can not only survive in Vermont, but be profitable as well if they are as well-managed as this farm,” said Tony Kitsos, state coordinator for UVM Extension’s Farm Viability Enhancement Program and coordinator for the awards program. “The judges were particularly impressed with how well they had built their assets up in just 17 years.”
The farm has earned numerous milk quality awards from the Dairy Farmers of America Cooperative and has received Vermont Dairy Herd Improvement Association awards for somatic cell counts in their milk and production.MORE IN World/National Business
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