Augusta Cooperative names Mountain Hollow Dairy of Harrisonburg, VA an 'Outstanding Dairy'.
Mountain Hollow Dairy, owned by the Wenger family, was honored with one of four Augusta Cooperative 'Outstanding Dairy' Awards during June Dairy Month 2016. This award is presented to dairy operations who demonstrate a commitment to the Virginia dairy industry, outstanding stewardship to the land, and maintaining superior animal health practices.
Purchased by Eldon Wenger, the farm was converted into a 60 Holstein cow dairy operation in the mid 1990's. Since then, the operation has expanded to over 100 cows. Eldon's son, Gerald and Raymond are now part of the operation. In addition to the dairy, the Wenger family owns a poultry and row crop operation.
Mountain Hollow Dairy is in the business of producing high quality milk while maintaining superior cow comfort through traditional technologies. Outstanding genetics, superior rations and feed efficiency remain at the forefront for the dairy and their success. They have worked to perfect these principles with their collaboration over the years. Diversification to their operation has also allowed the second generation to maintain involvement on the farm.
"The Wengers are a testament to the success of traditional dairying. Proving that the basics of nutrition, cow comfort and proper management not only leads to profitability but overall stability of a dairy operation" said Daniel Phillips, Assistant General Manager of Augusta Cooperative Farm Bureau, Inc. "Mountain Hollow Dairy is a provider of milk to one of the region's largest milk cooperatives, the Maryland-Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative. Augusta Cooperative is proud to service the Wenger family. On behalf of Augusta Cooperative, in celebration of June Dairy Month, we want to extend a special thank you to the Wenger family for their dedication to the dairy industry and for providing our country with quality milk each and every day."