West Rupert, Vermont
Rupert Valley Holsteins is co-owned by brothers Michael and Mark Lourie. Their 750 acre dairy farm and 310 milking cows is located in West Rupert, Vermont. Their grandfather bought the original farm in 1930 but it wasn’t until 1995 that the brothers joined their separate farms together to form Rupert Valley Holsteins, LLC. Mark oversees the cows, finances, and employees while Mike manages the crops, feeding, and heifers.
On October 11th the Lourie brothers and family will be celebrating the Rupert Valley Holsteins 20th Anniversary. This is their family’s third Open Farm Sunday Event, inviting the public to the farm to share the beauty of the area, take farm tours, and learn the history of the farm. There will also be hayrides, barn tours, a chicken BBQ, and lots of Cabot cheese to sample and purchase!The Louries are farmers, but also volunteers and so much more. Read their #FarmerFriday story on @cabotcheese… Click To Tweet
This week, Mark took the time to answer a few questions about his family’s life on the farm.
What is your favorite thing about being a dairy farm family?
We are proud to be a 4th generation dairy farm family. Carrying on a tradition of working the land, keeping it productive to feed cows who produce high quality milk, which help to feed the world with nutritious dairy products and is made into the “World’s Best Cheddar” Cabot cheese.
What is your least favorite farm chore?
Covering a bunker silo with plastic and tires is our least favorite farm chore. Everyone always seems to get dirty and wet from the mud and rain water in the tires. Picking rocks from a field ranks right up there too!
What is your favorite time of year on the farm?
I think Fall is our favorite time of year on the farm. Harvesting corn, the smell of leaves as winter approaches is awesome! Plus Vermont is always beautiful in Fall.
What is the next big sustainability story on your farm?
Producing high quality milk with reduced impact on our environment is always our goal. Protecting water quality with good manure management is a priority on our family farm.
What is your family’s favorite meal?
Our family’s favorite meal is probably a good barbecue with steak and fresh sweet corn. A Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the fixings is a close second though!
Does anyone in your family participate in any volunteer activities in the community?
My brother Michael and I are both members of the Rupert Volunteer Fire Company. I also serve as the Rupert Town Fire Warden and have been on the Rupert Select Board for 22 years.
What is one thing you would like people who have never experienced farm life to know?
Farm life is very rewarding. At the end of day we help preserve open space, keep our planet green, allow for our land to be productive, and feed the world all at the same time. It’s not an easy life, but it’s the life we want to live.
What do you think is your greatest accomplishment on the farm?
Our greatest accomplishment is feeding our animals and families, staying profitable over time to produce quality milk to make Cabot cheese, the ‘World’s Best Cheddar’!
Attend the Rupert Valley Holsteins Open House on October 11th
585 State Route 153 in West Rupert, Vermont 05776
Then turn onto Cross Road and look for Parking Signs.
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