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We Have the Country’s Top Ayrshire Cow!

Exciting things are happening at our farm, and we’re delighted to share our news with you!  We just found out that one of our cows, Conebella Percy’s Tiva, ranked #1 out of all Ayrshires on the Cow Performance Index list the Ayrshire Breeders’ Association releases at the end of each year.  This is our first […]

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Our Third Consecutive Land O’Lakes Milk Quality Award!

Did you know that in addition to being used in our farm-fresh raw milk cheese, Conebella Farm’s milk is shipped to Land O’Lakes?  We are members of the Land O’Lakes cooperative and ship milk to Land O’Lakes each month.  This year, we have won a prestigious Land O’Lakes milk quality award for the third consecutive year. The milk quality award goes to dairy farms that […]

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Making Friends and Selling Cheese

People ask Pat Laughman, Pam Gable’s mom, “Is there anybody you don’t know?” It’s only natural that she would know most of her neighbors.  When your husband starts an ARCO service station when he’s 21 years old and then runs it for 50 years, you get to know people.  When you pump gas, and chat while […]

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Mani-Pedi Day on the Farm: Hoof Care for our Herd

You know how it goes. If your feet hurt, your whole body hurts. Healthy feet give us a foundation to walk on. Cows feel the same way, so we have a professional hoof trimmer who visits the farm every other month to care for our cows’ hooves. This is very important because, like human fingernails, […]

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It’s Our Raw Milk Anniversary!

The end of June 2014 marked the seven year anniversary of receiving our raw milk license from the state of Pennsylvania. Our cheese anniversary follows in December. We could hardly believe it when we did the math and realized that it had been seven years already! What did it take for us to get a raw […]

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What’s in a Name?

We’ve welcomed nearly 40 new calves to Conebella Farm this season, and with each birth comes the choice of a name.  All of our animals are registered with the Ayrshire breed association, much like a pure-bred Border Collie would be registered with the American Kennel Club.  When we register the calves, we select a name […]

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Winter on the Dairy Farm

“What’s it like to run Conebella Farm in the winter?” our customers often ask. This winter, with such bitter temperatures and frequent snow, it’s been a question on a lot of people’s minds. Mostly, winter adds hours to our workday. Water hoses freeze and have to be thawed. In calf pens, we walk through and […]

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Monday Morning On The Farm

Last month I had the opportunity to spend a Monday morning at Conebella Farm, observing the daily operations and assisting with staging photos for a photo shoot we had planned. The day began at dawn for the photographers as they captured glimpses of the sunrise over the horizon of Conebella Farm’s sprawling acres of cornfields, […]