Osborne Family Farm

450 acres
90 milking cows

Beyond American Gothic

Brothers John and Bruce Osborne, Bruce’s wife Dale, and son Bradley farm in the East Central New York region of Cherry Valley. The farm has been recognized as a 25 year “Dairy of Distinction” for farmstead appearance and are recipients of the “Super Milk” award for maintaining high waulity milk standards. The Osbornes have been part of the Cabot farm family since 1978. The family members work closely together on every decision, Bruce says. “There has to be consensus, whether we’re picking out varieties of corn or buying equipment.” When the Osbornes started considering investing in the latest milking technology, “We listened to a lot of people and visited a lot of farms,” Bruce says. “We’re patient and analytical. We sometimes do things slowly but we try to think them through.” The family eventually invested in a pair of robotic milking units. “Farming is not The American Gothic anymore,” Bruce explains. “There is not one right way to farm; we try to maintain the best of traditional farming practices, while taking advantage of current technology. Robotic milking has been good for the cows and good for us as a family.”

Farm Stand

Slow but steady wins the race

The family has gradually expanded and diversified the farm with a small beef herd, laying flock, and market garden operation to make room for Bradley, who earned his degree at Cornell University before he decided to come home. Bradley and John are now the primary operators on the farm. His sister, Erika, is a veterinarian in Ohio, her dad adds proudly. Bruce also works as a high school chemistry teacher and he and Dale manage a year-round ice skating rink. But their hearts are fully committed to farming. “I have an absolute belief that what we’re doing has value,” Bruce declares. “I think back to my kids growing up on the farm; I really believe it made them better people. They had a diversity of experience and developed a very strong work ethic out of it. They learned when you start something you finish it.”

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