June is National Dairy Month — check out dairy-related events going on in our area here!
Massachusetts dairy farms are vital to the agricultural land base and the agricultural economy of our region, and the milk they produce (27 million gallons annually!!) is processed and sold right here in Massachusetts and neighboring states.
20% of the milk consumed in our state is produced by Massachusetts farms — that’s significantly more than the estimated 12.5% of our whole diet that is Massachusetts-grown, and it’s true regardless of which brand you buy or where you buy your milk. Buying dairy products supports Massachusetts dairy farmers! Want to support dairy farmers directly? You can buy milk from farmers at farm stands, farmers’ markets, or via home delivery. You can find a list of cheese, butter, cream and other dairy products produced in the Pioneer Valley here. For a statewide list, visit massdairy.com.
Dairy farms matter
Dairy farmers are considered the “anchor tenants” of the region’s farmland base. Of the 142 dairy farms remaining in Massachusetts, nearly half are in Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire Counties. Only about 3% of the farms in the Pioneer Valley region are dairy farms, but dairy farms steward 18% of our agricultural land and account for 14% of the region’s farm product sales.
On average, a farm with 100 cows supports 200 acres of crop land, woodland and pasture. Successful dairy farms keep our landscape open and support important farm services, like equipment repair, that are vital to all farms in our region.
Get to know your dairy farmers
MA Dairy Promotion Board Video Channel. Videos about Massachusetts dairy farmers.
Must be the milk. More videos about Massachusetts dairy farmers. The Barstow’s Longview Farm is in Hadley, MA and Luther Belden Farm is in Hatfield. Smith’s Country Cheese and Jordan Dairy Farm are in Worcester County.
Maple Valley Creamery. A Hadley dairy farm that produces 28 flavors of super premium ice cream.
Devine Farm. A Hadley dairy farm with a special relationship with the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences at UMass.
Bree-Z-Knoll Farm. A Leyden dairy farm milking 170 cows on 350 acres.
Sidehill Farm. A dairy farm that produces yogurt for sale around the state, in addition to raw milk on the farm.
Upinngil Farm. A diversified family farm selling raw milk and their own cheese from the farm stand, in addition to fruit and vegetables.
Mayval Farm. A Westhampton dairy farm that sells cheese, beef, eggs, maple syrup, and skyr in addition to milk.
Barstow’s Longview Farm. A dairy farm that also runs a bakery, converts manure to electricity with its homemade anaerobic digester, and sells development rights on their land to the state.
J&J Farms. A self-described “century farm” in Amherst producing 150 gallons of milk a day.
Cook Farm. A Hadley dairy farm selling raw milk and ice cream at their Flayvors of Cook Farm ice cream stand.
Robinson Farm. A dairy farm in Hardwick making their own raw milk cheese.
WGBY Public Television segments:
Robotic Milking, December 17th, 2014. Barstow’s Longview Farm has installed state of the art robotic milkers.
Local Yogurt, May 16th, 2013. Visit Sidehill Farm and GoBerry and learn about local yogurt! Segment starts at 18:35.
Dairy Farms, March 1st, 2012. WGBY’s Connecting Point visits Luther Belden Farm and Mapleline Farm to discuss the unique challenges facing dairy farms in Massachusetts.
WRSI Radio Interviews:
Sawyer Farm, April 20th, 2015. Year-round CSA of meat, dairy, vegetables, grains, and more.
Chase Hill Farm, June 27th, 2014. Milk, cheese, and meat all made in Warwick.
Barstow’s Longview Farm, Dairy Store And Bakery, October 28th, 2013. Barstow’s 7th generation family farm and green energy upgrades.
Boyden Brothers Maple, March 1st, 2013. Dairy and maple producers in Conway.
Want to know more?
Many dairy farmers sell into milk cooperatives, which are owned by the farm members. Here is information about the largest milk cooperatives in our state:
Dairy farmers can also produce and sell raw and/or organic milk. Find out more here: