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Oakhurst Dairy Recognizes Farmers for Quality

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Minot’s R. E. Hemond Farm, Inc., Scores Top of List as Producer of the Year

PORTLAND, MAINE — May 9, 2012 — Oakhurst Dairy, northern New England’s largest independent family-owned dairy company, recognized its top dairy farms from around the state for outstanding milk quality, cow health and farm cleanliness at the company’s recent annual producers luncheon. Ten farms were recognized for overall quality with the top five receiving awards. Oakhurst also presented certificates to farms scoring high in four individual milk quality categories.

“We count on our producers to help us achieve our goal of delivering quality milk and dairy products and the farms recognized this year represent the best of the best,” said Bill Bennett, Chairman of the Board, Oakhurst Dairy. “Congratulations to all of our farmers and we appreciate their efforts to deliver premium, fresh milk to us.”

The top five overall quality farms included: R.E. Hemond, Inc., of Minot; Highland Farms, Inc., of Cornish; Deerfield Farm of Winterport; Androscoggin Holsteins of Leeds and Hemond Hill Farm of Minot. These farms received a plaque and a cash gift from Oakhurst Dairy. The remaining five producers recognized in the top 10 include: Aghaloma Farms of Knox; Silver Maple Farms, Inc., of Albion; Hilton Farm of Norridgewock; East Ledge Farm of Leeds and Scott Farm of Garland.

R.E. Hemond, Inc., run by Rick Hemond, received the Oakhurst Dairy Producer of the Year Award making it the farm’s fourth year in a row to reach the top spot. The Oakhurst Dairy Producer of the Year award is presented to the farm that receives the company’s highest quality ratings across multiple categories. R.E. Hemond, Inc., has been producing milk for Oakhurst for 25 years.

Highland Farms, Inc., run by Libby Bleakney and her twin daughters; finished at their highest quality ranking to date landing second in the top five list. Deerfield Farm, operated by Paul and Linda Cole, placed third and have finished in the top five for the past three years. The fourth place ranking went to John and Sandy Nutting of Androscoggin Holsteins. John and Irene Hemond of Hemond Hill Farm rounded out the top five producer list.

Farms receiving certificates in the four individual milk quality categories include: Androscoggin Holsteins, Nickerson Hill Farms of Brooks and operated by Thomas Yori and Aghaloma Farms run by the Larabee Family. Aghaloma Farms walked away with two individual category awards.

More than 35 farms and Oakhurst staff attended the luncheon at the Elks Lodge in Waterville.

About Oakhurst Dairy

Oakhurst is northern New England’s truly local brand of milk. As the region’s largest independent family-owned dairy company, Oakhurst is committed to the health and wellbeing of the community and the environment. For 90 years and three generations, the Bennett family has stood behind every glass of Oakhurst milk, while contributing 10% of profits to local organizations through their Living Natural Goodness program to support healthy kids and a healthy environment – just another reason to choose Oakhurst, The Natural Goodness of Maine. For more information, visit www.oakhurstdairy.com.

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