RESTON, Va. – October 28, 2020 – Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative recognized four members for 25 years of membership to the cooperative during their virtual District Meetings held October 20 -22, 2020.
The honorees include Triple R Dairy of Crewe, Virginia and TKS Farm in McClure, Pennsylvania.
Triple R Dairy, The Ware Family, Crewe, Virginia
Rhonda and Fred Ware operate Triple R Dairy where they farm 1,100 acres in Crewe, Virginia. Rhonda’s parents and two older brothers started the farm in 1976. Rhonda and Fred were married in 1993 and took over the farm from Rhonda’s parents and brothers in 1996. They started out with 50 cows and today have expanded the herd to 250 Holsteins. Fred handles most of the crop work and Rhoda cares for their cows. In addition to striving to produce high quality milk, the couple also maintains three breeder chicken houses, has a small herd of beef cows.
Rhonda and Fred have three grown children. Their son, Andrew helps with the crop side of the operation. Their daughter Macie works for Boeing in Charleston, South Carolina, and their daughter Regan attends LaSalle University where she plays softball.
Off the farm, Rhonda serves as a Director and the Treasurer of The Dairy Alliance. She is also a member of Maryland & Virginia’s Leadership Council. Previously she served on the local DHIA board and worked with the Southern States Women’s board. When asked what she enjoys most about farming, Rhonda said “I’ve always loved raising good quality cows, working for myself and being outside with my girls.”
TKS Farm, Timothy and Tracy Ewing, McClure, Pennsylvania
Timothy Ewing started his dairy farm in 1993. His dairy farming roots run deep as he grew up on a dairy farm and his father shipped to Maryland & Virginia. Today Timothy milks 42 cows in a tie-stall barn. He also has a herd of 30 beef animals. Timothy and his wife, Tracy, have three grown children Josh, Kasee, and Shania, who all help on the farm. Shania works full time on the farm and helps with the milking. Josh assists with the field work and Kasee helps where needed. They farm about 170 acres of owned and rented land. Timothy and Tracy have been married for 37 years and are proud grandparents to their eight grandchildren.
Also celebrating 25 years of membership with Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers:
• Joshua and Kathryn Burkholder, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
• Wendell Eberly and Family, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
“We congratulate our 25-year members on their hard work and perseverance in dairy farming,” said Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Vice President of Sustainability and External Relations Lindsay Reames. “Members are the building blocks of our cooperative and we are pleased to recognize those who have achieved their quarter-century of membership this past year.”