Roger and Lori Read Family
Roger and Lori began farming in 1986 with the purchase of their homestead of 84 acres, one registered Brown Swiss bull and two Brown Swiss cows. Three years later the Reads rented Roger’s parents’ dairy farm and expanded their herd. In 1995, Roger and Lori bought the farm and expanded further.
In December 2014, the Reads’ bull, Reads Driver Kannon, was the No. 1 Brown Swiss bull in the nation for net merit and progressive performance ranking. The bull retained the position for two years.
The Reads currently milk 120 registered Brown Swiss and raise 150 head of young stock on two locations. The farm consists of 357 acres in a five-year rotation of barley, alfalfa, corn and soybeans, with most of the crops raised as feedstock.
Roger does most of the AI work and the milking. Lori is employed as a regulatory compliance coordinator. She also handles registrations and genomics. Together the Reads handle the farm’s finances.
The Reads’ son, Greg, handles most of the field work. Greg and his wife, Heather, have a daughter, Jennifer.
The Reads’ daughter, Bethany, farms with her husband, Kris, in northwestern Minnesota’s Kittson County. They have four children: Jazlynn, Isaac, McKinley and Track.
Roger and Lori have been active in the 4-H dairy lease program and last year received the Mower County 4-H Outstanding Leader Award. The Reads are involved in the Minnesota and National Brown Swiss Associations. Roger is a Lyle township supervisor and Lori is president of a national utility safety organization.