Stups named Frederick Co. farm family of the year

Staff Writer

FREDERICK, Md. (Sept. 23, 2014) — Every year the Frederick Agricultural Business Council, in conjunction with the Great Frederick Fair and the fair’s Ag Education public relations committee, selects a Frederick County family as the Farm Family of the Year and announce their selection during the Fair.
Selected for 2014 were the Jim Stup Family of Teabow Farms in Walkersville, Md.
James M. and Louise Stup, operate Teabow Farms, along with son, James J. Stup, and daughter, Melissa Jarvis and her husband, Larry Jarvis.
The main farm, just north of Walkersville, Md., is a dairy operation consisting of 980 acres.
James M. is a native of Frederick County who grew up on a dairy farm. He said he decided when a teenager that he wanted to be a dairy farmer, and rented a farm just south of Frederick City in 1953. In 1956 he married Loiuse Huffer.
Louise had grown up on a dairy farm near Middletown, Md., and had been the 1951 Farm Queen. She shared her husband’s love of farming and in 1964, the couple purchased their first farm near Walkersville. In 1985, the Stups incorporated creating Teabow Farms, Inc.
Over the years Jim and Louise have been very active in the farming community becoming affiliated with the Farm Bureau, The Grange, and several Dairy Industry Associations.
As a youth, Jim was a 4-H All-Star. He has been active and served on the Board of Directors of the Thurmont Coop, Woodsboro Southern States, Frederick Petroleum Southern States, and Capital Milk.
Louise, in addition to raising a family and serving as secretary and treasurer of Teabow Farms, taught school, served as chairwoman of the Farm Bureau Woman’s Committee, and has been a lecturer at both Middletown and Ballenger Granges. Both Jim and Louise are Master Farmers, and Teabow Farms is a Maryland Dairy of Distinction.
Teabow Farms has a total of 2,259 cows with an average of 25,359 pounds of milk per cow. The Stups plant 740 acres of corn and winter triticate.
The Triticate is harvested as forage and can be combined with short season energy crops to increase overall forage yields.
Innovative farm practices include no, or minimum till. elimination of invasive species and recycling of water and sand bedding for the animals.
They use approved manure application techniques and fence the animals out of Glade Creek.
Stup also believes he has the largest horizontal silo in Maryland.
Their son, James J. Stup, is the president of Teabow Farms and is in charge of field work, repairs, maintenance of machinery and buildings.
Their daughter, Melissa Jarvis is vice-president of Teabow and she and her husband are herd managers, taking care of herd health, breeding and ultra sounding the cows, vaccinating them and record keeping.
The senior Stups are still active in many aspects of agriculture, and work on the farm and still find time to enjoy their children and grandchildren. Two of their grandchildren, Crystal Spradlin and Adam Stup, also work on the farm.