TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher along with county and local officials will highlight New Jersey’s dairy farmers during National Dairy Month with a visit to Wellacrest Farms in Gloucester County, which borders Harrison and Mantua townships.
New Jersey’s dairy farmers produced more than 120 million pounds of milk and added more than $22 million to the state’s economy, according to the recently released Census of Agriculture from the USDA.
Wellacrest Farms is owned operated by Wally and Marianne Eachus. They farm approximately 1,400 acres which includes corn as well as producing approximately 25,000 small straw bales and 2,000 large straw bales each year. The farm has been in the family since 1940 and was originally owned and operated by Wally’s father Ward Eachus.
Marianne Eachus has been active as a leader in the local 4-H club, which has included regularly bringing 4-H members to the farm. She also has given several 4-H members the opportunity to show cattle at local agricultural fairs.
Secretary Fisher will highlight New Jersey dairy farmers at 10 a.m. today at Wellacrest Farms, 455 Jefferson Road, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062.
— New Jersey Department of Agriculture