Got Milk? Westminster Does, and It's Winning Awards

Two Carroll County farms were honored this weekend as "Dairies of Distinction" by the Maryland Dairy Industry Association.

Two Carroll County dairy farms were honored as Dairies of Distinction for beautifying Maryland's rural countryside and providing a quality product to consumers according to a news release from the Maryland Dairy Industry Association (MDIA).

The local honorees are Burlin Farm in New Windsor and Pheasant Echos Farm in Westminster.

Pheasant Echos Farm is operated by Byron and Debbie Stambaugh, along with Byron Jr., Kenny, Crystal and Tanya. The Stambaughs farm 2,400 acres of their own and do custom work on 3,000 additional acres. They milk 150 black and white and red and white Holsteins with a rolling herd average of 21,000 pounds of milk according to the release.

They are 10-year Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative quality award winners and were honored to win the Maryland Holstein Futurity last year. Also among their honors is breeding several All-Maryland cows. Two of their animals were nominated All-American.

Burlin Farm is operated by Eric and Faith Burall and family. The farm includes 157 owned acres and another 300 rented acres. The family milks 190 cows, including 140 Holsteins, 40 Brown Swiss and 10 Jerseys.  The rolling herd average is 22,984 pounds of milk according to the news release.

The farm has received Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative milk quality awards for 20 years and was named the 2002 soil conservation Cooperator of the Year. They have received Brown Swiss All-American honors.

Other MDIA award winners were Clear Spring Creamery in Clear Spring, Green Acres Farmstead in Hagerstown and Peace Hollow Farm in Knoxville.

The farms received signs to display at their farm lanes from the MDIA during the Maryland Dairy Convention Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Frederick Fairgrounds.


Kym Byrnes February 27, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Now I'm curious as to whether I can get some of this award winning milk :) I'll find out if they sell it locally. Anyone else try to buy locally made milk (I know there are some Pa. farms that sell their milk locally)?
Anne Markulis February 27, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Kym, you can get local milk (and lots of other great products) delivered weekly from South Mountain Creamery located in Thurmont.
Kym Byrnes February 27, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Thanks Anne. I have been meaning to line something like this up for a long time -- there are so many great local places to get fresh produce, dairy and meat -- I want to take advantage of that.
Anne Markulis February 28, 2013 at 12:54 AM
Sure! SMC delivers to Westminster on Friday mornings and, in addition to their own delicious dairy products, they also have local suppliers for organic and hormone-free meats, breads and lots of other foods, too.
Peggy Anne March 04, 2013 at 03:34 PM
They take the baby calves away, and the males become veal. There is nothing good about a dairy unless it goes out of business.


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