Katie Dotterer Pyle

About Katie Dotterer Pyle

Katie Pyle and her husband, Dave, were both raised on family dairy farms. After graduating college and working on another farm, Katie returned home to her family’s farm in central Pennsylvania. A year and a half later and newly married in 2008, she realized that there are certain people who can work with family and stay sane, but she was not one of them. Katie and Dave decided to start their own dairy farm in 2009 and moved to Virginia where they bought their first 90 cows. After renting two farms in the past five years, the couple finally purchased a dairy farm in Union Bridge, Maryland in October 2013. Their herd consists of 400 cows; mostly Jerseys. Katie is involved in their milk cooperative’s leadership, as well as actively involved with their young cooperator program. Katie is currently studying Spanish and ESL (English as a second language) and will graduate in May 2014.

06 05, 2014

Dot is a Super Mom

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A few weeks ago, we celebrated Mother’s Day here on the farm. I’ve been blessed with an awesome mom and always wish her a happy Mother’s Day every year, but since I live far away I wasn’t able to celebrate with her. Instead, I celebrated the holiday with the other “mothers” in my life: my cows. Actually, every day is mother’s day here at Cow Comfort Inn Dairy. We have a quote by W.D. Hoard posted at the farm that states, “Remember that this is the Home of Mothers. Treat each cow as a Mother should be treated.” This is to […]

28 03, 2014

My March Madness

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Dairy farms have their own version of March Madness, but it has nothing to do with basketball or brackets. There are, however, bets – just not placed on basketball teams. Our bets consist of, “I bet it will be warmer tomorrow” or “I bet spring is finally here.” It is a good thing those bets were never placed with money because we would be broke!

20 03, 2014

On Finding Our Farm

By |March 20th, 2014|Categories: Dairy Diary, Dairy Farming||1 Comment

I cannot wait to see my farm (or green grass for that matter) in the summer. It has been a long, cold winter here at Cow Comfort Inn Dairy. We chose Union Bridge, Md., to buy our dairy farm this past October because we thought it would be slightly warmer than our previous location, Lewisburg, Pa. We never expected our first winter to be like this.