Dairy Agent Knows Challenges Of Farm Life

Posted: January 8, 2014



HARRISONBURG — Dairy farming has been an integral part of Jeremy Daubert’s life for all 35 years of it, essentially.

His is a résumé that seems it was designed specifically for his new role as the dairy science agent with Rockingham County Extension.

“I just enjoy the genetics and getting production out of cows and taking care of them,” he said.

Daubert, who started in his new role in November, will primarily serve Rockingham, Augusta and Rockbridge counties. He replaces John Welsh, who stepped down after seven years on the job.

Daubert’s journey to the local extension office began early in his life.

He grew up working on his parents’ dairy farm in Pennsylvania and later studied dairy science at Virginia Tech.

After graduating in 2000, Daubert was a herdsman at a 1,200-cow dairy farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

In 2002, he participated in the Young Dairy Leaders Institute and took a job with a dairy genetics company.

Two years later, he and his wife, Becky, started their own dairy farm on rented land in Pennsylvania and later bought and operated farms in New York.

In 2011, the couple sold their farm and most of their cows, and Jeremy Daubert began managing a 250-cow robotic dairy.

Daubert and his wife, also a Pennsylvania native who attended Virginia Tech, both remained fond of Virginia after leaving college.

They have friends here, and returning was always in the back of their mind, Daubert said.

So, when the position at Rockingham County Extension opened up, it seemed like a good fit, he said.

They moved to Dayton with their kids, Hayley, 9, and Trey, 2, and brought about 20 cattle with them that are at a farm in New Market.

As the new dairy extension agent, Daubert will put his vast experiences to work for others.

“I have so much variety and practical experience, I can come in here and I can help no matter what a producer is going through,” he said. “I hope to help other producers be successful.”

Contact Jeremy Hunt at 574-6273 or jhunt@dnronline.com

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