Fourteen New Jersey dairy farms have been recognized this year as Dairies of Distinction by the Northeast Dairy Farm Beautification Program. The honor goes to dairy farms that are attractive, well-kept and promote a good dairy industry image.
The dairy farms in the state that received the Dairy of Distinction Award in 2009 are: Black’s Dairy Farm, South Harrison Township; BSB Holsteins, Asbury; Creamy Acres Farm, Mullica Hill; Ervey Farms, Andover; Fulper Farms, Lambertville; Havendale Farm, Wantage; Hillcrest Farm, Wharton; Holland Valley Farm, Milford; Kerkendall Farms, Columbia; Kuperus Meadows, Wantage; Ridge Crest Farm, Phillipsburg; Santini Farms, Stewartsville; Waldac Farm, Salem; and Windy Flats Dairy, Wantage.
Each winning farm received the special Dairy of Distinction roadside sign for their farm. The Northeast Dairy Farm Beautification Program was established in 1983 to recognize the hard work and dedication of dairy owners and operators with attractive farms. Over the years, many New Jersey dairy farms have received the award.
Judging criteria is based on the buildings, grounds and surroundings and the overall farm operation. Judges, who can not be dairy farmers from the state in which the judging is being done, observe the dairy operation from the same vantage point that a consumer would, as they drive by the farm.