By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Kyle Knapp, of Cub River, received the 2012 Farmer of the Year award on Monday from Franklin County Commissioners. They presented Knapp and his family with a plaque recognizing them for their accomplishments.
Knapp said his farming operation has been in his family for some time.
“We farm about 300 acres with my brother, Blair,” Knapp said. “We grow all our own feed for our organic dairy. We milk about 50 head of cows. We started the organic dairy in 2006.
“We ship some of our milk to the Burley area. Some also goes to Colorado for processing. We pasture our cows as long as possible, starting in early spring and going into late fall. We don’t use any antibiotics or pesticides on the animals or on what we feed.”
Knapp said he went back east to a school to learn how to take care of the “organic” cows.
“One of the biggest advantages to the organic dairy is the health of the animals. They are on pasture a great deal of the time and do really well. Another advantage is the elimination of a lot of machinery costs, especially with high fuel prices. All spring, summer and fall I just open the gate and let the animals out to feed,” he said.
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