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Cows.jpegWindham New York is well known for their ski slopes and beautiful views, but it is also home to a herd of the cutest little brown cows you have ever seen. Scott Tuttle, his wife Eve and daughter Hannah own Valley View Farm where they milk around 50 cows. In 1976 Scott’s parents Howard and Susan Tuttle bought the farm. They started with 16 cows and 19 bred heifers of all different breeds. After attending SUNY Cobleskill, Scott came back to the family farm in 1996 and 10 years later took over. While the farm is mostly Jersey cows, Scott purchased his first two Ayrshire calves when he was in his teens. Scott’s mother Susan still plays a very active roll on the farm helping everyday with chores. When it comes to milking the cows, Scott and Susan work as a team, and they have worked as a team for as long as Scott can remember. Susan preps the cows and Scott switches milking units from cow to cow. The two of them working as a well-oiled machine milk the cows, twice a day, everyday. As many farmers would attest, once farming is in your blood it is there forever. Hannah, who is the third generation on the farm, has also caught the farming fever. She has been actively showing her own registered Jersey cows at local shows and raises her own flock of 12 chickens that she tends to everyday.

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As many of our readers know the dairy farming economy is tough. Scott’s love for farming can be summed up in one statement, “We are here because we want to be here”. Milk prices have been dangerously low for many years in a row now but that does not stop the Tuttle family from doing what they love.  Just stepping foot into their barn, it is easy to see just how dedicated they are to produce a quality milk product. Over the years Scott has made renovations to the barn to allow for higher cow comfort and this includes remodeling his calf facility. Happy cows make more milk, and it has always been in Scott’s best interest to provide all he can for his livestock. Jersey cows are known for their bold personalities but also their ability to efficiently convert feed into milk packed with components. To make a quick comparison, whole milk bought in the store is 3.25% fat, Scott’s jerseys produce milk with almost 5.5% butterfat!

He can contribute his success to a blend of feeding high quality forages and high-quality grain from Stamford Farmers’ Cooperative. Our mill grinds, mixes and delivers fresh grain every week to Valley View Farm but a key factor to any dairy farmer’s success is the feed that is made on farm. While it is a nutritionist’s job to balance a dairy cow’s diet, it is also important they consult with the farmer and help them achieve their forage goals. That is something that specialists at Stamford Farmers’ Cooperative have been doing for over 50 years. A farmer’s success allows SFC to remain a thriving and successful business and we are proud to have the Tuttle Family as a part of our cooperative!

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