Sugarcreek man oversees care of 1,800 heifers on ocean trip to Morocco

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Joe Miller of Sugarcreek (center) is shown with two men in Morocco.
Sugarcreek's Joe Miller (second from right) is shown in Morocco.
This is how they move straw in Morocco.
The 1,800 heifers taken from the U.S. to Morocco on a ship included 79 from Andreas Farms of Sugarcreek.

DOVER – Before this year, Joe Miller had never been outside North America. He had only left the United States to fish in Canada.

But on Feb. 10, the Sugarcreek man took the trip of a lifetime. He was responsible for overseeing the care of 1,800 heifers carried on a ship – the Holstein Express – from Wilmington, Del., to Morocco in the northwestern corner of Africa.

Miller, then an employee of Andreas Farms, was hired by the export company responsible for transporting the animals across the Atlantic Ocean to a dairy cooperative with more than 11,000 members.

The animals came from 27 farms in nine states as far away as Colorado, Miller said. The cargo included 79 heifers from Andreas Farms of Sugarcreek, which sold its milking herd last year.



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