Blackwater Bend Dairy, Inc. of Rocky Mount, VA receives special recognition from Augusta Cooperative Farm Bureau, Inc.
Blackwater Bend operates a 140+ Holstein cow dairy and row crop operation. Started by Tim Bowman's grandfather, the dairy began after converting an existing vegetable and poultry farm into what is now the current operation. The dairy has been under the same continuous family ownership for 5 generations. Blackwater Bend is a proud provider of milk to one of the nation's largest milk cooperatives, the Dairy Farmers of America.
In the 1950's, Blackwater Bend Dairy was one of the few dairy operations to have their parlor designed by Virginia Tech. That parlor is still part of their daily milking routine. Today, the Bowman family continues to implement unique and innovative technologies into their operation.
One goal of the Blackwater Bend Dairy and the generations before, has been to protect the land as both an economic source and as an ecological habitat. Currently, Bowman family members serve on the Blue Ridge Soil & Water Conservation District and the FSA County Committee.
In 2012, the dairy was honored by the Department of Conservation Resources (DCR) with a Clean Water Farm Award. This award recognizes farmers and landowners that implement progressive conservation tools, technologies and practices that protect and enhance water quality. Additionally, the Bowman family is proud to be part of the Virginia Century Farm Program. This is a program in which recognition and honors are given to farms that have been in operation for at least 100 consecutive years and the generations of Virginia farm families whose diligent and dedicated efforts have maintained these farms.
"For many decades, the Bowman family has proven to be outstanding stewards of the land and leaders in the Virginia dairy industry" said Augusta Cooperative's Assistant General Manager, Daniel Phillips. "The good condition of their land clearly demonstrates that stewardship. Their commitment to ensure cow comfort and outstanding nutrition remains at the forefront of dairy operations in our state. Augusta Cooperative is proud to service Blackwater Bend Dairy. On behalf of Augusta Cooperative, we want to extend a special thank you to the Bowman family for their dedication to the dairy industry and providing our country with quality milk each and every day."