- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

STOWE, Vt. (AP) - A Stowe farm is Vermont’s 2015 Dairy Farm of the Year.

The University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Dairy Industry Association - in cooperation with the New England Green Pastures Program - present the award each year to an outstanding dairy operation.

This year’s winners are Les and Claire Pike who operate a 141-head Jersey farm with their two children.

UVM Extension announced Wednesday that the Pikes were picked for their well-managed herd, high-quality milk and overall excellence in dairying as well as their continued interest in new technology to improve efficiency and profits.

The Pikes installed a methane digester in 2010 to convert cow waste to electricity and bedding. They also have installed a multi-box robotic milking system.

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