Congratulations to Brian and Eileen Hoefler of Dubuque County, Iowa on being named the July winners of the “Gary Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award.”
The Wergin Good Farm Neighbor award recognizes Iowa livestock farmers who take pride in doing things right. This includes caring for the environment and their livestock and being good neighbors. It is named in memory of Gary Wergin, a long-time WHO Radio farm broadcaster who helped create the award.
“The Hoefler family does a tremendous job caring for their animals and protecting our environment while also serving their community,” said Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey. “The Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award is a great opportunity to bring attention to the many outstanding livestock farmers we have all across our state.”
Brian and Eileen farm along with their four children, Nick, Amanda, Abby and Jake. They milk 180 Holstein cows, raise replacement heifers, finish out steers and have 600 acres of crop ground, including corn and hay.
The family takes great pride in the care they provide to their animals. The dairy has 3 Lely robotic milkers that were installed in 2011. They have a free stall barn with waterbeds and an evaporative cooling system to enhance cow comfort.
They are also very active in their community and in promoting the dairy industry, including having their daughter Amanda currently serving as the Dubuque County Dairy Princess.