Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Meet an Indiana Dairy Farmer: Dave Forgey

By Kimmi Devaney of Winners Drink Milk

Dave Forgey
Dairy Farmer
Logansport, Indiana

Q: Why did you get into the dairy business?
A:  I began purchasing cows and equipment after graduation in 1962. My wife Helen and  I were married in 1966 and purchased the home farm from my Grandparents in 1968.
We purchased additional land in 1970, 1979 and 1981.
Q: How many generations are currently working on your farm?
A: I am the third generation on this farm. Our partners Scott & Darla Foerg and their daughter Allison are not immediate family members but started as employees and moved to ownership and have become a large part of our family. We currently have grandchildren who share an interest in dairy farming and could have an opportunity to return to the dairy at a later time.
Q: What do you love most about being in the dairy industry?

A: When I was the major operator on our dairy my passion was to operate a sound financial farm with very family oriented practices. Although I was involved at a small level in farm organizations early in my career I did not get deeply involved until I had additional management help available on the farm.  Over the last 20 years my involvement has grown a great deal as I see the need for finding ways to help educate and build strength for  producers in what the future holds for our industry.
Q: If you weren’t a dairy farmer, what would you do?
A: I was trained as an electrician and worked my own contracting business in my early career as a financial help to my dairy career.
Q: What do you want the general public to know about dairy farming?

A: Few other occupations require the passion and commitment that dairy farming does.  Time management and dedicated best management practices are essential for a sound and efficient operation. Managing an operation with enough scale to allow for individual time away for family members is critical for personal family involvement. However, a dairy quickly becomes a family venture as it allows for family members of all ages to be involved at a level that their age and development provides. It's easy to see why dairy farms are nearly all family farms because of the close ties they bring to families.


DeDe Hausmann said...

Dave, you rock!!! We are blessed to have you as an Indiana dairy farmer.

Jeffy said...

Hey I know that guy and his family!!!