The Woelber family of Belen, New Mexico, has been named the 2014 New Mexico Farm Family of the year by New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture, Jeff Witte. John and Holly Woelber and their son Luke are owners of HAW Farms, a 2,500-head dairy farm with 700 acres of corn silage.
Secretary Witte presented the award recently at the New Mexico State Fair.
The Woeblers started the dairy in 2000, following Luke’s graduation from Texas A&M. John and Holly also are Texas A&M graduates.
“We take great pride in caring for our animals with proper nutrition, cow comfort in our corrals, milking barn, our heifer operation and calf operation,” Holly told Southwest Farm Press. “We also are proud of our employees and the job they do every day, rain or shine, in caring for and milking our cows. We all live on our dairy; John and Luke are both hands-on and are there, with our employees, every day.
All three are active in the dairy industry. John served on the New Mexico Dairy Producers board of directors for several years, serving as secretary and vice president. He now is a director and serves as secretary for the Southwest Agency of DFA.
Luke recently completed three years as president of New Mexico Dairy Producers and continues to serve on the board as past president. He is a delegate to COBA/Select Sires, Inc. for the area. He has served as the resolution delegate for DFA and also on the New Mexico Beef Council Board.
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Holly has served as a delegate for GENEX Cooperative, was an officer of the Belen Chamber of Commerce and member and past president for the New Mexico Extension Support Council.