Sending our Thanks this Thanksgiving!


This Thanksgiving we want to thank you for choosing dairy at your table.  There are so many wonderful ways to incorporate dairy products into your family’s meal!  When you choose dairy, whether it be milk, butter, cheese, cream cheese, sour cream or a vast array of other products, you are helping family farmers like us!

edited sale family photo.jpgLooking for healthier options this holiday season?  Have you experimented with substituting greek yogurt in your recipes to add protein and replace butter, oil or mayonnaise?  Want to learn more about using greek yogurt in your cooking?  Check out the Cabot website for some more ideas. Curious about other healthy dairy ideas?  Adding whey protein to your baking is another great tool for adding protein to your diet!

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We may be a little biased as we are Cabot Farmers, but we really love our products and our cooperative!  There are so many amazing ways to use our products for the holidays, try this Pumpkin Mac and Cheese for a festive spin on a classic recipe or these Cheddar Biscuits for the perfect holiday rolls.  No Thanksgiving is complete without Apple Pie, make sure to use butter in your crust and serve it with Cheddar for a Vermont Classic.  How about leftover ideas, try this Turkey Casserole out!  Have we made you hungry yet?  Browse through a lot of wonderful recipes on the Cabot website.

DSC_0082.JPGThank you again for your support this holiday season, we are very proud to produce the nutritious foods that you enjoy for the Holidays and every day.  We’ll be over here licking our lips, planning our Holiday Menu!

Best, The Fairmont Family


Pancakes and Farm Tours!

Have you heard about Breakfast on the Farm?  We are hosting this event this Saturday, June 17th, at our farm on Lyle Young Road in East Montpelier.  At least 1,000 visitors are expected, visitors will come for a FREE pancake breakfast and then go on a self guided tour through our dairy farm.  Thank you to the many generous sponsors that make this event happen and to the 100+ volunteers that will help the event run smoothly for our guests.

Tickets to the event are free but they need to be reserved at


Breakfast on the Farm will be at Fairmont Farm, Inc., 95 Lyle Young Road, East Montpelier, VT on June 17, 2017

So what might visitors see on our dairy farm?  Here’s a quick preview of what to expect:

Visitors will learn about our forages!  Did you know that we can produce 60% of our cows diet by putting up high quality haylage and corn silage?


A group of cows get fed in our free stall barn using a mixer wagon.  They are fed TMR (Total Mixed Ration) that is made up of about 60% forages we produce and 40% purchased grains.

Visitors will see our new maternity barn, where they may or may not get to see a new mom and baby.  Averaging about 5 births a day, we will cross our fingers that some lucky visitors may be able to see a new calf coming into the world!


These two mothers help a baby calf stand up just an hour after birth!

Manure!  How can you go to a dairy farm without learning about how awesome our cows are at recycling?  Visitors will see our manure pits and learn about how we use manure as the main ingredient to our nutrient management plan which helps us grow excellent crops that will be harvested for our animals diet.


Our “pit crawler” stirs our manure to incorporate the sand and manure together to be spread back on our fields.

When we talk about our manure and cropping, we cannot help but talk about conservation!  Visitors will see through a demonstration how our no-till crop system works to improve soil health and water quality.  We plant almost 100% no-till and have been using this system since 2008.


Corn is planted directly into this winter rye cover crop without tilling up the land to reduce soil erosion and protect both soil health and water quality.

With manure and conservation practices of course comes equipment, there will be a variety of equipment to check out up close!


This is a sampling of our tractors we use for multiple jobs on our dairy farm, here they are pushing up and packing corn silage!

Cows!  There will be lots of cows for visitors to see, they will learn about what life is like on our farm as a cow and how we work hard to keep them happy, healthy and comfortable.


Cows at the feed bunk enjoying their free choice buffet.  In our free stall barns, cows are free to eat, sleep and drink water whenever they please.  They go to the parlor to be milked three times a day.

Visitors will be able to see our milking parlor where we produce about 120,000 pounds of milk a day, which is roughly 12,000 pounds of cheese!  There will be a mechanical cow to try milking and a milk truck to show how our milk is transported from our farm to the Cabot Creamery in Cabot, Vermont.


Cows are milked in our double 15 parallel  parlor, we can milk 30 cows at a time.  Our parlor runs 21 hours a day, which includes 3 milkings for all the cows.  The three hours of down time are spent cleaning our milking system between each milking.

There will also be a station to learn about our 4-H club and summer camps, we have a lot of fun sharing our passion of caring for our animals with local youth and love to see their hard work pay off when they show their animals in the fall.

Maiden Big E

Our winter calf won her class at the Big E in 2015, our 4-Hers work hard to qualify to show at this event.  We are proud of the work they put in to show our animals and the high quality animals we have been producing by focusing on genetic improvements in our breeding program.

The highlight of many of our tours is our calf barn and the baby calves, visitors of course can expect to spend time learning about how we raise our calves to be the future of our dairy herd.


Calves drinking milk in the calf barn, they are housed in groups of 8 and have free choice milk, grain and water.  It is quite common to see them playing and snuggling together!

Our family hopes to see you at Breakfast on the Farm this Saturday, June 17th, at our farm on Lyle Young Road in East Montpelier.  The event is free but please remember to reserve your tickets by visiting


Our family is looking forward to meeting yours for Breakfast on the Farm at our dairy Farm, Fairmont Farm.  See you Saturday!



‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at Fairmont Farm

Edited from Clement Clarke Moore’s Original

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‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the barns
It’s business as usual, on a dairy farm;


The stockings were hung by the parlor with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;


The cows were nestled all snug in their sand beds,


While visions of summer-sun danced in their heads;


The milkers are bundled up for the storm,
They are settling into their shift and will be milking ’til Christmas ‘morn,


When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
They sprang from the parlor to see what was the matter.
Away to the window they flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to their wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,


With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
They knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;


“Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN!


To the top of the field! to the top of the hill!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the barn-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of corn, and St. Nicholas too.


And then, in a twinkling, they heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As they drew in their hands, and turned around,
Down the cupola St. Nicholas came with a bound.


He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of corn he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.


His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;


The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.


He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And they laughed when they saw him, in spite of themselves;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave them to know they had nothing to dread;


He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the cupola he rose;



He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But they heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,


Highlights from the NEK Holstein Show

Northeast Kingdom Holstein Show at Barton Fairgrounds was a whirlwind of a day, we trailered in with our heifers on Saturday morning and left Saturday night with a group of successful heifers and smiling 4-Hers that were sure to sleep well that night!


Udderly Crazy/Fairmont 2016 String NEK Holstein Show

While we were at the fair, we had the pleasant surprise of seeing a pair of steers we sold last year!  They won best pair and best trained in their division, congrats Caleb!!


Caleb with his young pair of oxen “Rock” and “Stone”

Udderly Crazy 4-H had both the Jr. Champion Showman and Senior Champion Showman!


Caroline Kirby with “Abiline” and her big sister, Maggie, after winning Jr. Champion Showman.  Maggie is a past winner of this award as well!


Isabel Hall with “Lust” after winning Sr. Champion Showman.

Other showmanship highlights were Maggie Kirby placing 3rd in her class as well as Christin and Charlie Haynes both placing in the top five of their showmanship classes.

Conformation class highlights:

Spring Calf: Fairmont Solomon Abiline-ET – 1st, Fairmont Doorman Anneli-ET – 2nd, Fairmont Doorman Lilymay-ET – 3rd

Winter Calf: Fairmont Brokaw Addie-ET – 2nd, MS Putnam-Farm Rval Jana-ET – 5th

Fall Calf: Fairmont Sid Lakota-ET – 1st

Summer Yearling: Fairmont O Kaliber Lust-ET – 1st

Spring Yearling: Fairmont Absolute Abbi – 2nd


Line-up for Junior Champion of the Junior Show

Abiline was the Junior Champion of the Junior Show, Anneli was the Reserve Junior Champion and Lakota was Honorable Mention of the Junior Show.


Jr. Champion and Reserve Jr. Champion of the Junior Show!

Abiline was Reserve Junior Champion of the Open show and Anneli Honorable Mention.

Other Class Highlights:

Produce of Dam: Abiline and Anneli out of VT-Pond-View Gold April-ET EX-92- 2nd, Lakota and Lust out of VT-Pond-View Atwood Lady-ET EX-90 – 3rd

Junior Best Three: Abiline, Anelli and Lakota – 1st

Thank you to all of our awesome showman who did a wonderful job getting these heifers ready for this show!


Maggie Kirby


Isabel Hall


Justin Thurber


Caroline Kirby


Charlie Haynes


Christin Haynes


Taggart Schrader

We’re off to Champlain Valley Fair on August 31st for the Vermont Holstein Show which will take place September 4th.  We hope to see you there!

Fair Season is now in Full Swing!

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Udderly Crazy 4-H Club (from left to right): Justin Thurber, Isabel Hall, Caroline Kirby, Maggie Kirby, Charlie Haynes

The Udderly Crazy 4-H Club at Fairmont Farm just returned from a great start to their showing season.  August 15th, 2016 was the Vermont State 4-H Show at the Caledonia County Fairgrounds.  We could not be more proud of this amazing group of 4-Hers.

Charlie Haynes placed 3rd in his 11 year old Showmanship class, one of the largest classes of the day!  Caroline Kirby won the 12 year old Showmanship class and then went on to be the Reserve Junior Champion Showman.  Isabel Hall won the 14 year old Showmanship class and Justin Thurber placed 4th in the 14 year old Showmanship class.  Maggie Kirby won her 17 year old Showmanship class.  Isabel Hall was the Senior Champion Showman.


Isabel Hall – Senior Champion Showmanship – Vermont State 4-H Show 2016

The conformation classes were quite successful as well.  Udderly Crazy 4-H had the 2nd and 3rd place calves in the Spring Calf class, 1st place heifer in the Spring Yearling class and 1st place heifer in the Summer Yearling class.  Our Summer Yearling went on to be Junior Champion of the show!


Fairmont O Kaliber Lust-ET – 1st place Summer Yearling and Jr. Champion

Congratulations to all of our hardworking 4-Hers that put a lot of time and effort into training their heifers and preparing them for the show ring!


Caroline prepping “Abiline” for the show ring


Maggie adding some final touches to “Abbi” before winning the Spring Yearling class

The Udderly Crazy 4-H Club will be headed to the Northeast Kingdom Holstein Show this Saturday August 20th at the Barton Fairgrounds, the show starts at 3pm.

Fairmont will then have a string of animals at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds for the Vermont State Holstein Show which will be held September 4th.  The best animals will continue on to the Northeast Fall National Holstein Show held on September 16th at the Big E Fairgrounds.

From Udderly Crazy, Maggie Kirby, Isabel Hall and Caroline Kirby have all qualified to attend the Big E with their heifers and represent Vermont 4-H.  The 4-H show at the Big E is both September 17th and 18th.  Maggie will be representing Vermont on the Judging Team A, Isabel will be representing Vermont on Judging Team B as well as the Quiz Bowl Team.


We hope to see you at some of these upcoming fairs, please visit us in the barn and cheer us on in the stands!

A Day in the Life of a Fairmont Camper

If you’re wondering about our summer camps, here are some snapshots to take you through a day in the life of one of our campers….


Campers start the morning feeding the heifers

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….and showing them some love!

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Campers brushed their calves


and learned to lead!


They bathed their calves,


and there was plenty of time for bonding 🙂


Each camper got assigned their own calf for the week,


which they formed great relationships with…


smiles all around from the kids and the calves!


Campers and their calves learned to work together,


and trust each other!


Campers also spent time doing daily chores


and keeping the barn tidy….


they also made sure our cows had clean water bowls to come back to!

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We made time to play some games to cool off,


and get our energy out!


Campers did some team building exercises,


and helped each other out!


We had fun watching this duck,


and all her ducklings!


Campers fed the baby calves….


played with them,


and snuggled them!


Campers also did a great job cleaning dishes for the next feeding!


We took a trip to visit Cabot, where all of Fairmont’s milk goes!


Campers even learned to milk themselves…


and make butter!


They also enjoyed dairy products!


They had fun posing for their very own…


milk mustache shoot!


We certainly loved all the different mustaches…


so cute!!


Campers made friends,


and experimented with making some human pyramids!


They got a little daring with a large pyramid…


which didn’t last very long!


We had some special guests from the news…


and some more guests that taught us about fire extinguishers!


Learned a little about the history of dairy farming,


and about dairy showing and dairy judging.


Campers also took a field trip to our main farm…


to see many many more calves…


that is always a hit for both the calves and the campers 🙂


The whole week led up to a demonstration to family and friends,


showing everyone what they learned during the week!


Everyone went home with a blue ribbon,


we had two awesome groups of campers this year!


Friends and family even got to meet the special calves that the kids worked with all week!


Our calves certainly miss their camper friends….


they can’t wait until next year!


Rescue…The Most Influential Family at Fairmont

Co-op Moonboy Rescue-ET (VG-85, 86MS, 2Y) , “Rescue”, has become quite a powerhouse for us at Fairmont.  Currently the #9 cow in the breed, Rescue is +2627 GTPI, +786 NM$.  The only cow in the top 10 of the breed without Mogul, Supersire or Robust in her pedigree.  With 7 Very Good and Excellent dams behind her, an out-crossed pedigree and high genomics is not her only strength.

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Co-op Moonboy Rescue-ET (VG-85, 86MS, 2Y) +2627 GTPI, +786 NM$

At 3 years and 6 months old, Rescue now has over 40 offspring (~20 daughters and ~20 sons) on the ground.  She has 51 pregnancies coming with 44 pregnancies by daughters already and 38 pregnancies by her Stoic son “Ragen”; that accounts for about 175 descendants in the next year and she has not reached 4 years old.  She currently has 20 offspring over +2600 GTPI, 5 of which are also over +2700 GTPI.    She currently has 8 sons in A.I. and some of her oldest daughters now have offspring as well.

Sons at Genex (currently available):

Younger Bulls at Genex:

  • Fairmont Bayonet Rebel-ET +2753 GTPI
  • Fairmont Bayont Rockstar-ET +2769 GTPI
  • Fairmont Damaris Rambo-ET +2626 GTPI
  • Fairmont Damaris Raider-ET +2731 GTPI
  • Fairmont Bayonet Roscoe-ET +2691 GTPI
  • Fairmont Damaris Rocky-ET +2670 GTPI

Rescue also has sons by Altivo, Ledoux (+2635 & +2751) and Testarossa

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“Rescue” pictured in the middle of her 1st lactation

With all the exciting bulls Rescue has produced we are also excited about her heifers!

Top Daughters:

  • Fairmont Sprsht Ramira-ET +2720 GTPI
  • Fairmont Draco Rhian-ET +2652 PTPI
  • Fairmont Supersht Romina-ET +2647 GTPI
  • Fairmont Avenger Roxanne-ET +2640
    • Currently flushing
  • Fairmont Halogen Rudely-ET +2621 GTPI
    • 1 Daughter by Delta +2661 PTPI
    • 1 Daughter by Damaris +2640 PTPI
    • Pregnancies by: Damaris, Jedi and Magnus
  • Fairmont Josuper Regan-ET +2616 GTPI
  • Fairmont Tuffenuff Ridge-ET +2610 GTPI
    • 2 Daughters by Delta (+2667 & +2778)
    • Pregnancies by: Sharkey, Jedi, Damien, Piledriver, Gatedancer, AltaSuperstar, AltaPainter, Jerald, Magista, Damien, Ambassador and Modesty
    • Tremendous flush heifer, made over 120 embryos in just 10 flushes
    • Due September 2016
  • Fairmont Altivo Rashel-ET +2608

“Rescue” pictured just a couple weeks fresh in her first lactation

This family has been great to work with, excellent results from both conventional flushing and IVF.  Your chance to get in on this amazing cow family is coming up this June.  We have two exciting consignments for the 2016 National Holstein Convention Sale:

  • Fairmont Supersht Romina-ET +2647 GTPI
    • Our highest Rescue daughter to sell yet
  • Fairmont Delta Rella-ET +2778 GTPI
    • Our first grand-daughter to sell!

Please contact Tucker Purchase with any questions or to get more information, 802-249-3539.

Why Dairy Farmers Love Sand like a Child at the Beach

There is something about building a Sand Castle at the beach that is so satisfying and spectacular.  The sand feels wonderful beneath your toes and molds to your body.  The sand can be formed into anything your heart desires.


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On our dairy farm, our cows are equally excited about sand.  Sand is their bed.  Sand is the best bedding we can use for both our cows comfort and health.

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Freshly Raked Sand Beds

At Fairmont, we use “deep sand beds” which means there is not even a floor to the bed, it is all sand.  The sand molds to cows bodies, just like ours at the beach, making a custom bed for each animal.  This type of bedding has proven to be the top choice for dairy producers when it comes to leg comfort, providing a soft spot for the cows hocks to rest and an easy material to get back up in.  Sand also beats out other bedding choices due to the nature of it being non-organic (not related to or derived from living matter), meaning the growth of bacteria is a non-issue compared to bedding with shavings for example that comes from a living organism.  The growth of bacteria in bedding can lead to infections of the udder, called mastitis.  That is why it is very important for our cows health and the quality of our milk to use the best bedding we can find.


Our girls enjoying their beds!

With all of the positive aspects of sand, finding a plentiful and consistent source for our bedding is often troublesome.  With our recent purchase of the Norman Dix property on Route 2 in Plainfield, we found sand!  If you are local to our Central Vermont area, you may have seen the project we were working on this winter.  We have been digging sand and running it through a screener to ensure a high quality bedding product for our cows.  By extracting the sand we were able to improve the field by making the unused hill in the middle of the field usable!  Another added bonus was driveway material that was screened out of the sand.


Our trucks have been busy this past winter hauling sand to the main farm in East Montpelier to stockpile top quality bedding for all the beautiful ladies at Fairmont Farm!


This girl is captured getting some beauty rest in a clean and comfortable sand bed!

Our cows…the reason why we love sand like a child on the beach.


Exciting Heifers Selling this Spring!

Developing great cow families is something we feel very passionate about.  Our purchase of “The Haven” has allowed us to focus on producing fancy show-age heifers and high genomic heifers and bulls out of key cow families here at Fairmont Holsteins.

Haven Sign Winter

This year the results of all of our IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) work are evident, we are thrilled with all the heifers we have housed at The Haven.  After having great success last year, we are looking forward to what this year has to bring.

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“Fairmont McCutchen Maiden” wins the winter calf class at The Big E!

There will be many opportunities to purchase heifers over the year as we have several sale consignments lined up.


On Friday, February 12th, at the GTPI Type Sale 8th Edition in Leola, PA we will have 5 lots selling.  You can look for:

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Fluery Gen Sanchez Lovely-ET EX-92

Lot 25 – Fairmont Armani Love-ET (6/2/15)

Lot 26 – Fairmont Brokaw Lucille-ET (9/5/15)

Both these heifers have potential to be 6th generation Excellent!

The Dam, “Lovely”, topped the Lure of Lylehaven sale as a pick for $30,000 and produced over $55,000 in offspring sales through the Celebration of Lylehaven.



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VT-Pond-View Atwood Lady-ET EX-90

Lot 29 – Fairmont O Kaliber Lassa-ET (6/3/15)

This heifer is the pick of four full sisters and also has potential to be 6th generation Excellent!





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VT-Pond-View Gold April-ET EX-92

Lot 39 – Fairmont Sid Azalea-ET (9/3/15)

This heifer is the pick of four full sisters.

Her Dam, “April” goes back to MD-Delight Durham Atlee-ET EX-92 who is the Dam of “Atwood”.




HFK55669 Fairmont DTP Decade-ET

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Lot 40 – Fairmont Doorman Dulce (9/4/15)

This fancy, square cut heifer has a strong pedigree, her Dam “Decade” is VG-87 and the 2nd Dam through the 5th Dam are all Excellent.  Great show potential for this upcoming year.


Other upcoming Sales we will have consignments in:

  • CUDS Spring Classic Sale (3/19/16)
  • Swing into Spring Tag Sale (4/1/16)
  • Cobleskill Dairy Fashions Sale (4/2/16)
  • Woodcrest Bridge to Excellence (4/23/16)

Featured Cow Families:

  • Fluery Gen Sanchez Lovely-ET EX-92 (pictured above)
  • VT-Pond-View Atwood Lady-ET EX-90 (pictured above)
  • VT-Pond-View Gold April-ET EX-92 (pictured above)
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Co-op Moonboy Rescue-ET VG-85 +2621 TPI