Fletcher Farm, LLC

Pittsfield, ME
250 milkers and 300 young stock

Not 9-to-5

If you like to sleep in, dairy farming may not be your first career choice. Walter and Edna Fletcher have about 250 milkers and 300 young stock on their farm in central Maine, and if you happen to be up at 3:30 in the morning, you'll find them in the barn milking their cows. This takes about three hours, and then the real work begins for the day. There's land to plow, crops to plant or harvest, and machinery to maintain until 3:00 rolls around and they do the second milking for the day. Walter usually calls it quits around 6:30 in the evening unless there's still some sunlight left and more harvesting or planting to do. The Fletchers also pay particular attention to the comfort of the cows. They clean the barn and provide fresh bedding for the cows to lay on every day. This makes life more comfortable for the herd, and they reward the Fletchers with the highest quality milk. Of course, the cows don't take weekends off, so the process goes on seven days a week. 

Keep it in the family

The Fletcher Farm is in strong hands and looks to stay that way for many years to come. Walter's grandparents and parents worked as dairy farmers, and Walter grew up on a dairy farm. He bought his own spread after working on his uncle's farm for ten years. Now Walter and Edna's son Austin is a partner on the farm, and the time-honored tradition of dairy farmers passing the spread from one generation to the next remains intact for at least one more cycle.

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