MacGlaflin Farm lies just south of the Sugar River, a tributary of the arterial Connecticut River, in Claremont, NH. On any given day, you can find Ed MacGlaflin, the property's owner since 1996, tilling the fields, milking the cows, or doing one of a hundred chores essential to operating a successful dairy farm.
Ed grew up working on his grandfather’s farm – neither his father nor any of his aunts or uncles are farmers – and knew from an early age that farming was in his DNA. After school, he worked in construction for a few months, but quickly returned to farming. The MacGlaflins are originally from Connecticut, and have been members of the Agri-Mark family in one form or another since 1971, but headed north in 1996 in search of more land. Surrounded by green grass fields and rolling hills, Ed quickly began to transform the property into the dairy farm he envisioned, constructing new facilities, like the greenhouse style barn and milking parlor, and preparing the land for corn and the other forage essential to maintaining a sizable herd.
Today, Ed milks 440 Holsteins, and houses 800 total stock, which include a few Jerseys at the request of his daughter. MacGlaflin Farm produces about 31,000 pounds of milk each day, totaling an incredible 10 million pounds per year. He also does some custom cropping for smaller nearby farms in the fall, approximately 850 acres in all.
“Having a small family-owned farm is a lot of hard work,” says Ed. “You won’t get rich, but if you’re willing to put the effort in, and enjoy working with animals, machinery, and crops, you can make a good living. It’s a great place to raise a family.”
To help Ed manage the dairy farm, he has eight full time employees, including his son Jason, who will most likely take over for Ed one day. His daughter Anne also helps out on weekends, and especially loves working with the animals. Jill, his wife and a retired school teacher, also helps out once in awhile.
Watch Ed's interview with Must be the Milk: