– Keadle Farms of Boonsboro, Maryland, celebrated its 50th
year of membership to Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association (MDVA) at the cooperative’s 102nd
Annual Meeting held earlier this week.
“Congratulations to Keadle Farms on their 50th year of dairy farming with Maryland & Virginia,” said David Pool, MDVA’s First Vice-President during MDVA’s Annual Meeting. “The Keadle family have been long-term producers with us, and we hope to see them continue for at least another half-century.”
Keadle Farms is owned by brothers David and Larry Keadle. Larry’s son Justin also helps manage the farm along with his wife Danielle and their children Brayden and Allie. Keadle Farms was first started in 1955 by Thomas Keadle, David & Larry’s father. Today the family milks around 30 cows in a double 4 parallel parlor and farms around 450 acres.
The family raises corn, wheat, soybeans and alfalfa and they raise enough to take care of the entire herd for the full year without needing to purchase any outside crops. The family uses many sustainability practices on farm including rotational grazing and crops and manure management. The family uses a concrete pad for manure storage and hauls it once a year to take care of the entire nutrient management for the farm. In their spare time, the family enjoys repainting old tractors to return them to their former glory.
“The only way we know how to farm is to farm sustainably,” said David Keadle.
MDVA recognized several other producers during the meeting. Learn more about those honors here
The Keadle Family of Keadle Farms received Maryland & Virginia’s 50-Year Member Award. Picture (L-R) are David, Danielle, Brayden, Allie, Justin and Larry Keadle.