New board member profile: Gordon Speirs
Monday, October 15, 2018
Posted by: Lauren Brey, director of marketing and research
Gordon Speirs, Shiloh Dairy LLC, Brillion, Wis.
How did you get started in dairy farming?
I am a third-generation dairy farmer. I grew up on a dairy in Alberta, Canada, and after attending college returned to the farm. In 2003, our family moved to the United States to grow our business. My wife, Cathy, and I run the farm with one of our sons and the help of 35 employees.
What is your favorite part about your job? What goals do you have for your farm?
As the business has grown I do miss working with the cattle as much as I used to but am grateful I can contribute to providing them a good life. I take pride in the fact we contribute to providing nutritious, safe and affordable food for society. We look forward to making the farm efficient and remaining profitable for our family and our employees.
What do you find most challenging and most rewarding about dairy farming?
The challenging part of dairy farming in Brillion, Wis., is weather. In the 16 crop seasons we have experienced here, we have never been affected by lack of moisture, but we suffer from abundant moisture. Labor issues also challenge us greatly.
The most rewarding part of farming is knowing we are converting products grown from the earth into high-quality dairy foods for people to enjoy.
What is your advice to young people interested in dairy and farming?
There are many opportunities to participate in the dairy farm world. From managers to custom operators to service providers, you can find somewhere to be involved that fits your passions.
What are you looking forward to about being on the Edge board of directors?
I look forward to working with the great board and staff of Edge and helping to develop “leading-edge” ideas to benefit our members and the broader dairy community.
Where would you like to see Edge in future years?
Continuing to fulfill the promise of being the voice of our members – the voice of milk.