DAIRY FARMING: Continuing a family tradition

In a parish where dairy farms are declining, there is a man who is determined to succeed. Matthew Ingraffia is a third generation dairy farmer from Tangipahoa Parish. His grandfather John Roy Ingraffia operated and canned milk operating Hillside Dairy with his brother Joseph in the 1930’s and 1940’s. When his grandfather passed away, his father Roy began working in the barn. Mr. Roy left to serve in the US Army for four years, came home and married Mary Beverly Jacob. They moved to Loranger and operated a dairy with Roy’s brother Phillip. It was in

Loranger they would raise 10 children, with Matthew being the youngest. According to Matthew, all of his siblings helped in the barn in one way or another. In 1983, when Matthew was five years old, Mr. Roy built the dairy barn where Matthew operates his dairy today

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