Duchess Dairy was established as a joint venture between Huffard Dairy Farms and Sugar Grove Jerseys, to bottle milk from the two Registered Jersey herds. Huffard Dairy Farms is owned by brothers James "Jim" and John Huffard. Sugar Grove Jerseys is owned by Joey Blankenship and his uncle, Danny Slemp.
The partners purchased the dairy processing plant that was later renamed Duchess Dairy (after Jim and John's mother) in December 2009 and began bottling their own milk a month later. Today, the dairy is operated by the Huffard, Blankenship and Slemp families, plant manager, Jordan Hall, and another full-time employee.
Dairying has been a way of life for the Huffard, Blankenship and Slemp families for many years. Huffard Dairy Farms was established by Jim and John's grandfather in 1929. Joey and Danny milked Holsteins nearly all their lives and switched to Jerseys in 2002.
Most of the feed for the two herds is grown right on the farms. This ensures the forages and grains the cows eat are of top-quality and that every drop of milk they produce is delicious and nutritious. Jim Huffard is a certified nutritionist who also helps to balance rations for other dairy farmers in the area.
To learn more about Duchess Dairy, CLICK HERE to see an article that was carried in the November 2010 issue of the Jersey Journal.
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439 Gienow Road, Rural Retreat, VA 24368 276/686-MILK (6455)
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