Dairy Farmers of America honored its “Members of Distinction” during the co-op's annual meeting in Kansas City, March 18. The program honors members who embody the cooperative’s core values, excelling on their operations, in their communities and in the industry. Each year, one member farm from each of DFA’s seven regional marketing areas is honored.
The 2014 Members of Distinction are:
Sharpe Family, Heartland Dairy — La Belle, Mo.
Most of the 130 employees on Charles Sharpe’s Heartland Dairy have never been on a dairy before arriving at Heartland. Located in Heartland Community, a Christian community for people battling drug and alcohol addiction, the dairy serves as a first step rehabilitation center for men going through the community’s rehabilitation program. Charles and general manager Chris Powell attribute the 4,000-cow dairy farm’s success to their focus on cow comfort and the commitment of their employees.
Cromer Family, Sieg Dairy — Ridgeway, Ohio
Amanda Cromer is the fourth generation to operate her family’s dairy in Ridgeway, Ohio. Following her father’s passing in 2009, she and her husband, Nate, took over the dairy’s daily responsibilities. By working with their children, Meadow, Callie and John, and Amanda’s brother, Dave, they continue to improve the quality of their 100-cow herd. The Cromers also credit much of their success to the family’s ability to work together as a team.
Wailes Double W Farm Dairy — Holyoke, Colo.
At Double W Farm Dairy, Glenn Huwa and his brothers-in-law, Marc and Gregg Wailes, are continually looking for ways to improve their operation. The family focuses on providing their 1500 dairy cows with a clean, healthy environment in addition to quality feed and a milking schedule best suited for their cows. They also share the quality bonus they receive from DFA with their staff to reward them for their commitment to quality.
Morrill Family, Morrill Farm Dairy — Penacook, N.H.
Since 2012, Rob and Sherri Morrill have been expanding the dairy operation that has been in Rob’s family for more than 85 years. With the assistance of their four children, Andy, Kevin, Ryan and Kimberly, the Morrills were able to successfully expand their operation from 154 cows to 486 in 18 months. The family takes pride that through working together they have established a solid foundation for the fifth generation of Morrills.