About Us


Palmyra Farm is home to registered Ayrshires, Holsteins and Jerseys in historic western Maryland, just minutes from the Antietam and Gettysburg National Battlefields and Washington DC.  It is a great place to vacation and stop for a visit.  The farm name is derived from the original deed that has references to the historic National Highway that runs a mile from the farm and includes properties that were granted in the early 1700’s. 

Palmyra is a third, fourth and now fifth generation family farm that was established when William and Mary Shank purchased the property in 1942 and used a herd prefix of Rocky Spring Farm.  In 1963 son Ralph and wife Patricia purchased the property and initiated the Palmyra name.  Today Ralph, Jr and wife Terrie and Mary Creek and husband Mike oversee the development of the herd and cheese business with their children and grandchildren. 

Contact us if you are looking for a place to board your animals. We would be very happy to talk with you.

Cattle of all ages always available for sale.

Watch for consignments from us and the cow families we have developed, consigned to sales throughout the country this spring!


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Ruth’s Market

Ruth’s Market is our next step in marketing.  Watch of our opening in late spring.  Our shop will be located at 28 Conococheague St. Williamsport, Maryland.  We are around the corner from the C&O Canal National Park and Towpath and the Maryland Rail Trail.  We will obviously feature Palmyra Farm Cheeses as well as custom […]

A Focused Breeding Strategy Leads to Master Breeder Awards

Master Breeder. Two words that immediately summon respect from any dairy cattle enthusiast around the globe. It speaks to a dedication to your breed as well as a long-term breeding philosophy that yields long-lasting success. All of that rings true for the 2022 recipient of the Robert ‘Whitey’ McKown Master Breeder Award, Palmyra Farm of […]