A West Berkshire farm has been named Vermont’s 2021 Dairy Farm of the Year, a spokesperson with the University of Vermont confirmed Sunday.
Winners Ed McGarry, Diane Cotellessa and their son, Brian, operate a 115-head Holstein operation known as McGarry Dairy, which helps provide products for famous cheesemaker Cabot.
“The McGarrys are a great example of a family that works together and works well,” said Marty Waterman, a dairy focus consultant who nominated the farm. “They do all the milking and chores themselves and hire custom crews for spreading manure, mowing, chopping hay, planting and harvesting corn.”
Neither Ed McGarry nor Diane Cotellessa grew up on a dairy farm, however, both studied agriculture in college and met in the mid-1980s while working for UVM Extension. By 1998, they owned their own farm together.