Before merging with Dairy Farmers of America in early 2014, Mushkoday Farm, of Dehli, N.Y., was a member of the Dairylea Cooperative for more than 50 years.
Mushkoday Farm is owned by the Burgin family — brothers Jacob and John, their father, Larry, and grandfather, Tom. Jacob and John took over management of the farm in early 2013 as incoming partners. The Burgins currently milk about 120 cows.
Now in its fifth generation, the Burgins family can trace their dairy farming roots back to the late 1800s. Their unique name farm name, Mushkoday, comes from their great-great-grandmother, who named their operation after the native Delaware Indian word “Mushkoday,” or “Sunken meadows,” another phrase for farmland.
Their commitment to years of dairy farming earned Mushkoday Farm the Distinguished Member Award from Dairylea Cooperative in 2012.
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