Small family farms are integral to our communities. Both Gary and Denise Morian grew up on farms, but neither was from a dairy farm. Eight years passed after their marriage before they were able to purchase property and construct a barn to begin pursuing their dream, but milk has been shipped from the tank at Mish-Ro Holsteins & Jerseys in Atlantic, PA ever since.
Before purchasing the land and beginning farming at the current location, Gary and Denise shipped bulk milk from the 8 cows they milked by hand at a rented property, while Gary worked as a machinery mechanic and then construction, and Denise worked as a nurse. Each of these skills has been integral in building the current farm, as they constructed all the buildings currently on the property (with help here and there from friends and family), started with used tractors and other machinery prone to needing to be fixed, and Denise’s nursing skills saved their youngest daughter’s life when she was severely wounded by a heifer in 2003.
Gary & Denise’s daughters, Michelle & Rose, are following in their parent’s footsteps, being passionate about the farm and cattle. Currently, the family makes all of the feed for their cattle and milk 38 registered Holsteins, Jerseys, and Brown Swiss. The vast majority of the cattle cared for by the family daily are descendants of the original cattle purchased by Gary & Denise in 1989.