Tuesday, July 12, 2011

My Husband the Dairyman

If you follow my blog, you know my husband Lad. In this post, I’ll tell you more about this wonderful man who loves cows, his family and farm life.
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
As a boy, Lad considered it a treat to go with his Dad to the farm. He grew up like most Midwest farm boys, spending many hours working with cows and crops. His family sold the cows when he was in high school, but Lad always maintained his dream of having a dairy farm of his own someday.

Lad and his brother, Lane, on a JD 4020 
Lad with his cow, Gloria
 After graduating from Northwestern High School, Lad headed to Columbus to study animal science at The Ohio State University. During his college years and after graduating in 1994, he worked at Carmony Dairy in Wooster. 

At work on the farm during college
In 1995, Lad got a job at a dairy cattle genetics company in central California so he headed west for a new adventure. I’m glad he did. His work brought him to World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin where we met in 1995. We married in 1997.

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
In 2004, we purchased the dairy we're currently on in Ohio. Starting a new business and being in the dairy industry the last seven years has had many ups and downs. Through it all, Lad maintains a positive outlook and enthusiastically greets each day. Lad has a great spirit and energy, which I love about him.

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 are partners in our business and family. He has an infectious sense of humor and is the master at keeping things in perspective. Lad makes each day interesting and keeps the boys and me laughing with his ornery side. We make a good team.

Lad and I in the milk house


  1. What a wonderful post and what a great family you have. Hope to bring our boys there one day to experience the farm life.
    Megan Dannenfeldt

  2. Thanks for sharing. We started our dairy in 2000 (renting) and were finally able to buy it in 2004. We are first generation farmers. My husband, Wes, grew up as the son of a horse trainer. Horses are not his thing but farming and cows are. He went to Virginia Tech and worked for other farmer until we married in 2000. It has been a wild ride but I am glad that we took the risks to get started. Our kids love the farm and everything about it. I am still adjusting (after 11 years)to getting dirty once and awhile but I wouldn't trade it for the world. This town girl is almost a country girl.

    Thanks for your blog. I enjoy reading it and I always learn something new.
    Martha K.

  3. I appreciate your comment Martha. It's great to hear you and your husband entered the dairy industry! There are very few fist generation farmers these days. I agree with you that it's a wild ride but worth it. There isn't a better environment for raising children! Good luck with everything and thank you for taking the time to read my blog.


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