The Flood Brothers Farm is located in Clinton, Maine and there is no doubt they are part of the reason this small town between the Kennebec and Sebasticook Rivers is referred to as the state’s dairy capitol. The Farm’s dairy operations first began in 1927 when an ambitious 14-year-old named George Flood began commercially shipping milk. George’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren continue to fulfill his vision nearly a century later, while also modernizing the operation to ensure the best for the herd, the land, and the customer. Today Flood Brothers Farm is home to 3100 happy and healthy cows, 1500 of them milking, and ships 14,000 gallons of milk daily. That’s 5% of Maine’s total milk production! The Flood Family is proud of their legacy and multi-generational dairy operation. But they don’t consider those generations to only consist of humans: may cows on the farm are the descendants of those George worked with in the early and mid-20th Century, and it’s fair to say they’ve long since become family to the Floods. That’s why the Floods are quick to point out that the future of the farm rests in the health and wellbeing of the baby cows just as much as it does in them or the 40+ employees who work there. Here in Maine’s Dairy Capitol, the Flood Brothers Farm is a place where the past reaches to the present and dairy farming takes on a deeper meaning.
On this fifth-generation farm, the Ingrahams live and work alongside one another to ensure their 450 milking cows are content and producing milk. Raising Holsteins since 1932, Gold Top Farm has long been one of the Pine Tree State’s premier dairies. The Ingrahams have lived on this land since 1876 and today three couples from two different generations of the family partner and collaborate on making day to day operations at Gold Top a success. Each member of the Ingraham family contributes to a vital aspect of the farm’s needs, while several of them remain leaders in Maine’s dairy community. Maybe it’s a Maine thing, but the Ingrahams demonstrate that when we work hard together we can achieve something that lasts.
Based in Clinton - Maine’s Dairy Capitol – Barney Wright is proud to operate a fourth-generation farm on land purchased by his father in 1956. Today Barney gets to see his grandchildren working the farm and carrying on a tradition their great-grandfather began. Today Wright Place Farm milks over 700 head of cattle while raising an additional 100+ dry cows. The Wright family has seen a lot of change over the years but with a can-do attitude and strong work ethic they’ve vigilantly adapted to it at every opportunity. Wright Place’s dedication to their cows, land, and customers is evident in the state-of-the-art air ventilation in the cow barns, advanced run-off filtration system, and new tanks to to keep the milk extra-cool. Through the family’s deep connection to the land that has sustained them and their herds they draw inspiration to manage a farm they can be proud of.
You won’t find many dairy farms farther north than Rogers Dairy! Here in Piscataquis County the Rogers family owns and operates a family dairy located where central Maine farmland gives way to the largest expanse of undeveloped forest east of the Mississippi. It must mean that the milk from Atkinson, Maine - population 318 – is especially cold.
While Taylor Farm is home to 1800 head of cattle, the Taylor family knows every cow is an individual. At this St. Albans, Maine dairy the health and security of the herd (800 of them milking) comes first and the Taylors aren’t shy about calling upon veterinarians and nutritionists to ensure these Jersey cows remain in the best condition. Two generations of Taylor uncles and nephews work together to manage the farm alongside roughly 10 employees. They are proud of the tradition, of the dairy farmer lifestyle, and of one another – and that means the cows, too.
The Cote Family are raising cows, making milk, and building community in Pittsfield, Maine. This small town in Maine’s Sebasticook River Valley is the perfect setting for an idyllic, family farming operation where cows are king and the milk is as fresh as the spring fields that surround the farm.