SEGMENT: FARM BUSINESS, FARM-RELATED WORK, & FARM FACILITIES

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SEGMENT: FARM BUSINESS, FARM-RELATED WORK, & FARM FACILITIES,

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FARM BUSINESS
Their genetics business brings in international business. They have sold embryos to "pretty much every country in Europe," Japan, and countries in South America like Argentina and Brazil. Around the World Dairy Expo, which is held in Madison, WI in October, they get a lot of international visitors. The weak dollar has increased the value of their products to overseas buyers.
COLLGE EDUCATION
Attended Cornell University for animal science, wanted to be a veterinarian. Decided to have a career in the dairy industry.
FARM-RELATED WORK
Took a job with Cargill in the Animal Nutrition division, selling feed and balancing rations. Moved to western Washington, closer to Vancouver than Seattle, doing the same thing. Decided he wanted to get back to the production side of the farm. Hired at Golden Oaks Farm to oversee the initial growth of the farm. He is now the Dairy Operations Manager.
FARM BUSINESS
Golden Oaks farm was established in 1948. Owned by the Crown family out of Chicago. Started with 50 cows and 300 acres, now 700 grown cows and 1500 acres. The owners are committed to keeping agriculture in the area (Lake County, IL). They have a love for agriculture, pure bred genetics. None of the family lives on the farm, but still involved in the business.
FARM FACILITIES
The farm as it is now was built in 2002. Two barns for milking cows. They're milking 625 cows. The barns also hold cows that are about to have babies. Milking parlor, "double 12," can milk 24 cows at a time. Farm land is used for heifer raising and equipment storage. They also have the Midwest Organics Recycling business on the farm, which is a compost business.