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Two Carroll County farms honored as Dairies of Distinction

Two Carroll County dairy farms were honored during the Maryland Dairy Convention Feb. 23 as Dairies of Distinction for beautifying Maryland's rural countryside and providing a quality product to consumers.

The honorees are Burlin Farm and Pheasant Echos Farm, both of which received signs to display at their farm lanes from the Maryland Dairy Industry Association.

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Burlin Farm is located in New Windsor and is operated by Eric and Faith Burall and family. The farm includes 157 owned acres and 300 rented acres. The family milks 190 cows, including 140 Holsteins, 40 Brown Swiss and 10 Jerseys, producing a rolling herd average of 22,984 pounds of milk.

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.

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Pheasant Echos Farm is operated by Byron and Debbie Stambaugh and family. The Westminster residents farm 2,400 acres of their own land 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 and a breed age average of 102.

The Stambaughs 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.

This year's Dairy of Distinction award applications are due April 16. For more information on the Dairy of Distinction program or an application, call 301-432-4782 or 301-349-0750, or e-mail

secretary@marylanddairyindustry.org

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