Cashton, Wis.
Monroe County
120 cows

How did you get into farming? This is my family farm. My mother grew up here. I took it over from my parents, Mark and Bridget, in 2009, when I was 20.

What are your thoughts and concerns about the dairy industry for the next year? I would want sustainable market prices while dairy farming.

What do you enjoy most about dairy farming? Being outdoors with animals, equipment and the land.

What advice would you give other dairy farmers? Be money conscious; complete repairs with your own hands, if possible, to save; and buy new only if needed.

What has been the best purchase you've ever made on your farm? Our double-10 parallel milking parlor. We can get done with milking and chores in less than two hours.

What has been your biggest accomplishment while dairy farming? Being able to start my family. We, my wife Jessica and I, have three children: Rylan, 6, Zoe, 5, and Porter, 3 months.

What are your plans for your dairy in the next five years? We want to finish putting an extension on the freestall barn.

What is your favorite thing to do on the farm? I would say my favorite job is milking and being a herdsman, because I like the breeding and herd health work.

What is your favorite dairy product? Extra-sharp cheddar cheese and yogurt.

What is your favorite tool? Battery-powered hand tools like a drill and impact wrench.

If you could add one thing to your farm regardless of price, what would it be? More land or a system for liquid manure.

How do you or your family like to spend time when you are not doing chores? Hunting, fishing and meeting up with family and friends to play cards.

If you could have a celebrity help you with chores for a day who would it be? The president, to see how hard farmers work to receive so little in return.