Meet the Fleurys of Maple Hill Farm in Berkshire, VT. Stephen and Elizabeth Fleury are third generation farmers with 35 registered Jersey cows. The farm has been in business for 81 years and includes 45 acres to grow hay and 55 acres of pasture for the cows. The Fleurys love animals. Along with 35 Jersey cows, 25 heifers and calves, their farm is home to two dogs and 16 barn cats! Their dairy herd is housed in the barn during the cold, winter months and the animals are let out to pasture during the spring, summer and fall. In addition to producing milk, the Fleurys manage a 2,000 tap maple sugar bush and produce maple syrup for retail and wholesale markets.
Stephen Fleury does the farm work including milking, feeding, breeding, cow and heifer health care, fixing fences, haying, spreading manure, sugaring, cutting firewood, and maintaining equipment. Every year Stephen also develops a nutrient management plan to help nourish the farm’s soil and improve crop productivity, while also protecting the environment. Elizabeth works off the farm to provide extra income and health insurance coverage. She also does the financial bookwork for the farm, maintains the herd records, and helps with farm chores on the weekends. Their extensive record-keeping is important because they breed and sell some of their registered Jersey heifers throughout the country.
Stephen is a director for the Vermont Jersey Breeders Association and Agri-Mark dairy cooperative’s Region 12 secretary. As members of Agri-Mark dairy cooperative, the Fleurys are dairy farmer owners of the award-winning Cabot Creamery! The Fleurys are also members of the New England Jersey Breeders, VT Farm Bureau, and the VT Maple Sugar Makers Association. Stephen also enjoys playing the tuba and was in the Enosburg Town Band for 22 years.