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Boones Mill woman wins national dairy title
Joanna Shipp wants to be role model for her daughter
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Courtesy Photo: Joanna Shipp of Boones Mill now holds the title of Outstanding Young Cooperator.

Friday, March 28, 2014

For the fourth year in a row, a Virginia Young Cooperator (YC) has taken the title of "Outstanding YC."

Joanna Shipp of Boones Mill won the YC Contest, held in conjunction with the Maryland and Virginia YC Conference, in February in Annapolis, Md.

"I am looking forward to being more involved in the cooperative and to start learning about how it runs," said Shipp.

To participate in the contest, Shipp had to complete an application, participate in a personal interview and give a dairy related presentation to the YC group.

Shipp farms with her parents, Laird and Sarah Ann Bowman, on Bowmont Dairy. Shipp and her parents milk 200 cows and farm 1,000 acres. Shipp serves as the herd manager for her farm, where she cares for the calves, monitors the milking herd health along with the dry cows and heifers.

Shipp's family also operates an agritourism business called Thee Red Barn. The family started this secondary venture in 2006 after Shipp and her husband, Robb, were married in the red barn. They decided to open the doors of the newly-renovated barn to host farm tours.

Thee Red Barn has hosted a wide range of fall festivities, including a corn maze, pumpkin patch, kids' games and hayrides, and a gift shop opened in 2007. This past fall more than 700 preschool and kindergarten students visited, along with a large number of weekend visitors.

This was Shipp's first time participating in the YC Contest. In the coming year, she will have the opportunity to attend Maryland & Virginia board meetings, visit her senators and representative on Capitol Hill and attend NMPF's annual meeting in Grapevine, Texas.

Shipp and her husband have a 3-year-old daughter, Jenna.

"As a woman, I represent the minority in the dairy industry," said Shipp. "I want to show my daughter a love of the land and especially teach her about the importance of caring for the cows."

Runners-up in this year's YC contest are Justin Watt of Middleburg, Md., who milks 165 cows on the farm he runs with his parents, and Jay and Jessica Ozburn of Nolensville, Tenn., who milk 130 Jerseys in partnership with Jay's family.

Owned and operated by 1,500 dairy farm families from Pennsylvania to Georgia, Maryland and Virginia is a milk marketing and processing cooperative providing consumers throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S. with fresh milk and dairy products. Maryland and Virginia owns and operates three fluid processing plants: Marva Maid of Newport News, Marva Maid of Landover, Md., and Maola Milk and Ice Cream Company in New Bern, N.C. They also own and operate two manufacturing plants and an equipment warehouse business in Frederick, Md.

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