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ACCORD, NEW YORK
Domino Farm has been a family dairy farm since 1955. Started by Gerald and Eleanor DeWitt with Holsteins, the farm began a slow but dramatic transformation when Eleanor bought a Jersey calf for their daughter Margaret as a 4-H project, reasoning that a small Jersey calf would be easier for a 9-year-old to handle. As is the case with so many 4-H projects, a small idea grew into a large one, and the farm now consists of 100% registered purebred Jerseys, all homebred for more than 30 years.
Margaret assumed the management of the farm when she graduated from Cornell. Her passion for Jerseys is based on her love of a breed that, as she says, has “personality, protein and productivity.” Domino Farm’s Jerseys are bred for productivity and type. As Margaret says, “Life’s too short to milk ugly cows.” For the past several years, the American Jersey Cattle Association has ranked Domino Farm in the top 10 herds, either of their size or of any size, in the nation for the amount of milk, fat, and protein.
Margaret’s niece, Katherine, shares her passion for the Jersey breed. She has taken her love of cows to New Zealand, where she works for DairyNZ, a non-profit organization that provides research and support to dairy farmers.
In spring, summer, and fall, cows are out on pasture when they are not being milked, weather permitting. Margaret’s brother, Meade, supplies the forages for the farm’s cows, growing hay and corn for silage on the farm’s 150 acres and nearby rented land. Katherine’s mother, Janet, manages the calves at the farm.
“Farming is a difficult way of life, ” Margaret says. “But milking cows that are productive and beautiful to look at makes it easier. Being part of a cooperative that makes a great product will also make it easier as well.”