Representing DFA's Northeast Area, the Everitt family, owners of Evervue Farms located in Brackney, Pa., has been named a 2015 Member of Distinction.
Milking 36 cows in a tie-stall barn, Reuben and Beth Everitt work together nearly effortlessly — a result of having grown up as neighbors.
“We’ve known each other our whole lives,” Beth said. “His mother used to bring him babysitting with her when she babysat me and my sister.”
The Everitts focus on taking good care of their herd. With an average somatic cell count of less than 100,000, the closed herd of registered Holsteins produces high-quality milk thanks to a blend of genetics, nutrition and aggressive culling.
The cows graze eight months out of the year, spending the harsh Northeast winters in the barn, but getting an hour of exercise outside every day.
“I believe pasturing is really important, and I believe going out every day is important and breeding is important,” Reuben said.
The Everitts’ success can be attributed to their commitment to their herd, and to each other.
“I think it’s a great life if you have a partner who wants to be with you,” Beth said. “It does take a lot of time. You’re not going to go on vacation every year, but it is a nice life.”