I grew up longing to be involved in farming from my earliest memory. As a youngster my father and I would have animals and by the time I was in my final years of high school, I actually peddled Golden Guernsey milk in cream top bottles to my neighbors as well as supplying my family.
My early schooling was difficult to say the least since I suffer from dyslexia and in the early 1950’s there were no recognized educational programs or assistance for schools to address this condition. Most of my education was gained from listening and not reading, and talking rather than writing.
Since I was twelve years old I worked on a dairy farm. I was right at home around dairy cows and absorbed everything I could and gained a great deal of confidence and knowledge during those years. I graduated college in 1967, with a degree in animal science. I took employment in the agricultural industry as a professional animal artificial inseminator. This was a wonderful job that took me to farms and exposed me to many more management systems.
Once we made the decision to try and secure funding to farm on own is really where my book starts. We were very fortunate to have been blessed to have three children join us on our adventure. As hard as building a family farm operation was, we would have done it all over again despite knowing what we know now. Dairy farming gave us daily wonders and joys.