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Feb. 21, 2013

Hillsdale County farmers named 2013 MSU Dairy Farmer of the Year

Bruce and Jennifer Lewis, of Jonesville, are the 2013 Michigan State University Dairy Farmer of the Year Award winners.

The award recognizes their efforts to strive for quality, push limits and engage with the community.

The Lewis operation, Pleasant View Dairy, consists of 2,200 acres of corn, alfalfa, soybeans, wheat and sorghum in addition to the 600-head Holstein dairy herd. The herd produces an average 30,623 pounds of milk annually and has received quality awards for several years.

Through the help of MSU Extension, Pleasant View Dairy has been able to grow and improve its management practices to maintain excellence in the future.

The Lewis’ also utilize the input and expertise of their employees to help make important management decisions for the farm. They encourage their employees to work as a team and take ownership in what they do to obtain their target goal.

This year’s MSU Dairy Farmer of the Year Award was presented Feb. 8 at the Michigan Dairy Industry Recognition Night program held during the Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference in Frankenmuth.