Lad was raised on his family’s dairy farm in Redhaw, Ohio. He developed a love for cows at an early age that is still with him today.
|Lad playing with his tractors as a little boy|
|Young Lad driving his tractor|
|A happy boy with his Dad|
|Lad and his brother, Lane, on a JD 4020|
|Lad with his cow, Gloria|
|At work on the farm during college|
In the late 1990’s, Lad went to work for a large dairy farm in California where he served as the herd manager for five years. In 2002, we had our first son, Garrett, which motivated us to start looking to buy a dairy farm of our own. In preparation for this venture, Lad went back to school at The University of Phoenix to obtain an MBA. For two years, he worked full-time at the dairy while attending school at night.
|Garrett (4), Jack (1) and Lad at our dairy in 2006|
|Lad with one of his favorite cows in 2007|
|Feeding cows with a JD 4020 just like he drove as a boy|
|Lad and the boys walk the barn|
|Checking the cows|
|Taking a lunch break from manure hauling|
|Repairing our CAT 920 Loader|
He wears many hats at our farm including personnel manager, cow and calf feeder, manure hauler, mechanic, veterinarian, public relations representative, grain farmer, and generally takes on any task that needs to get done.
|On a cold, winter day|
|Jack and Lad water the calves|
|A joyful setting with this group of heifers|
|Jack and Lad chat in the maternity are|
|Lad and I in the milk house|