MADISON CO., N.Y. — Since its establishment, there have been few farms awarded with the Dairy of Distinction Award. This prestigious award, which was established in 1983, recognizes dairy owners and operators who have attractive, well-kept farms that promote a good dairy industry image. All active dairy farms in Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Vermont are eligible to apply for the Dairy of Distinction award and winning farms receive the special Dairy of Distinction roadside sign for their farmstead. The award, which is an incredible honor, also recognizes the hard work, dedication, and efforts of all Northeast dairy farmers. “This grassroots recognition has been the key to the program,” said William Underwood, New York’s first president and farmer from Tully, NY. “This is one way dairy farmers can directly promote their industry.” Honoring these farmers says ‘thank you’, and by promoting this program we can encourage other farmers to do the same.
This year Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County, along with the Dairy of Distinction Program, is thrilled to announce their newest Dairy of Distinction recipient – Swamp Bottom Farm. Owner Brian Darrow has been shipping milk since 1999 when he took over the farm from his parents. In 2003, Brian purchased the farm, which is located in Sheds/New Woodstock, and gave the farm its current name. Together with his family (Mandi, Kristopher, Kristi, Kody and Jason) Brian milks approximately 45 cows and has around 50 young stock/replacements. He also raises crops for his livestock on 300+ acres of land. The Darrow family grows crops of corn, soybeans, and hay. Congratulations to Swamp Bottom Farm for being the newest Madison County recipient of this special award!
–Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County
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