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Farmer Focus: Investing in cow care, sustainability supports bright future for Virginia dairy farm

ARLINGTON, VA | J-Team Dairy is home to 200 Holstein cows in Orange County, Virginia. Today, it’s one of two dairies in the county, compared to a dozen 20 years ago.

Molly McWilliams says the secret to her dairy’s survival is simple: “Put your cows first, and they’ll take care of you.”

McWilliams, 29, is a fifth-generation dairy farmer and new mom to a one-year-old daughter who she hopes will one day make the sixth generation of J-Team Dairy. To get there, McWilliams prioritizes innovation, sustainability and of course, her cows.

For the rest of McWilliams’ story and others in our Farmer Focus series, check out NMPF’s Sharing Our Story page.


The National Milk Producers Federation, based in Arlington, VA, develops and carries out policies that advance dairy producers and the cooperatives they own. NMPF’s member cooperatives produce more than two-thirds of U.S. milk, making NMPF dairy’s voice on Capitol Hill and with government agencies. For more, visit


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