A 400-head dairy farm in Berkshire is Vermont's 2018 Dairy Farm of the Year.
Aires Hill Farm has earned the distinction from the University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Dairy Industry Association in cooperation with the New England Green Pastures Program.
The farm is primarily managed by Karie Thompson Atherton, who took it over in 2014 after her father and uncle decided to retire.
The extension service says the farm, which is part of St. Albans Cooperative Creamery, consistently earns awards for high-quality milk and is a good steward of the land. The service says the farm instituted conservation practices before the state agriculture agency mandated them, including using buffers, blocking access of cattle to streams and developing a nutrient management plan.