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PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE: The Tully family has embraced technology on their sixth-generation dairy farm. Pictured are Ruth (left), Charlie, Jennifer, Kristina, Erin, Jacob and Steven Tully.

Sixth-generation Massachusetts dairy farm embraces technology

Tully Farm has been selected as the Massachusetts Dairy Farm of the Year for 2019.

Embracing innovation has allowed the Tully family to continue to grow and achieve success in the often-tough dairy business.

Tully Farm is Massachusetts’ Dairy Farm of the Year and will be honored in September at Eastern States Exposition (Big E) as part of the New England Green Pastures program.

Long history

Tully Farm has been a family owned and operated business for six generations.

In 1872, the Tully family began farming in Dunstable, Mass., when Henry and Mary Tully purchased the original farm on Hollis Street. Their sons, Charles E. and Herbert, purchased the Drake farm in 1901. Charles E. purchased the Rideout farm property at the current location on Fletcher Street in 1919.

Charles and his son George continued to add land to the farm in Dunstable and Pepperell, Mass., and in Hollis, N.H.

The farm has undergone many changes through the years, led by George, his son Charles W., and grandson Charles W. Jr., who is the current owner. Charles Jr’s. youngest son, Jacob, is the next generation with a passion for farming. Charles Jr’s. wife, Kristina, and their children, Erin and Steven, also help with the dairy business.

In addition to the full-time farmers, the success of the farm is dependent on the help of many family members and friends who may work full time off the farm but always help when needed.

Changes and innovation

The current Tully Farm consists of approximately 400 acres and 250 Holsteins cows.

Additionally, Jacob has started raising beef cows.

The farm produces hay, corn and grass silage. In 2016, the farm partnered with Borrego Solar to install 1.3-megawatt solar panels on unused land.  

A new milking parlor was installed in 1999. The farm also has an automatic calf feeder that feeds calves more consistently and grows healthier calves from birth to weaning, setting them up for a more productive life.

Activity monitors are used on breeding-age heifers and the milking herd. These have been a big help not only with reproductive management but also in keeping cows healthy and on track after calving. In 2017, the Tullys started processing their milk with the help of Hornstra Farm in Norwell. The farm uses vat pasteurization and glass bottles to produce high-quality, fresh milk.

In addition to products from the farm, Tully Farms Dairy supports local farms and businesses by selling their products in the store, too.

The Tullys pride themselves on their commitment to their community and the agricultural industry. Family members are active in the Massachusetts State Grange and Massachusetts Farm Bureau. George taught them all that “everyone is family,” and that is an attitude the Tullys operate with every day.

Tully Farm has been recognized as a Century Farm and a Dairy Farm of Distinction.

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