A Closer Look: Ed-Mar Farm

Written by Kara Petrovic
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Fourth-generation dairy farmer Eddie Gibson owns and operates Ed-Mar Farm, a 130-acre dairy in Walton, Ky., with his wife, Marcy, a dentist, and daughter, Maddie. Gibson’s operation is family run, except for the help of two part-time employees who each milk one night a week.

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The number of years the Gibsons have been at their current location. “In 2006, I decided to expand the operation. We moved 5 miles down the road from my father’s farm to build the dairy on Marcy’s grandfather’s land. I had hoped to have everything up and running in six months, but it took a year to get the parlor, barn and lagoon built. We still utilize my dad’s farm to house our dry cows and heifers.”

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The number of milk quality awards the Gibsons have received from DFA’s Mideast Area. “As a producer and consumer, quality milk is very important to me. To keep production up, you’ve got to keep your cows clean because mastitis can cause lots of headaches. I also believe in feeding my herd a well-balanced ration of feed. I have a great working relationship with my nutritionist, Dan Riddell, of 20 years and believe he deserves a lot of credit when it comes to these annual awards.”

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How many gallons of water the farm’s flush tank system releases per flush. “When designing this barn, I decided to install a flush tank to make it easier for me to keep my cows clean. As a one-man operation, it saves me a lot of time. The barn is flushed three times a day in nearly a minute.”

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Total miles that Eddie and Marcy traveled to adopt their daughter, Maddie, from Beijing, China. “After marrying in 1986, Marcy and I decided to start a family and pursued adoption in 2004. It was a very long process, but well worth the wait. Maddie is the best thing we ever did. She’s definitely not what you would call a ‘girlie girl.’ She enjoys being outside with me and the cows.”