Pickert Family
Pickert Dairy LLC

 

Family:
Pickert

Location:
Berthoud, CO

Experience:
Three generations

I hope that we can pass something on to them – not necessarily material-wise, but when it comes to ethics. Family is number one.

Brad Pickert, Sr. served on the board of directors for Dairy MAX (formerly Western Dairy Association) for more than 10 years. He grew up in New York and now owns a dairy farm in Berthoud, Colorado.

Brad’s father bought a dairy farm in New York when Brad was 8 years old, and Brad worked there throughout his childhood. After attending the School of Agriculture at Cornell University, Brad continued working on the family farm.

In his time dairying in New York, Brad was constantly putting the latest technology in place. In 1968, his family was the first dairy in their area to have a milking parlor. They also had harvest store silos, which allow for upright storage of haylage and high-moisture corn grain. The family was also among the first to use calf hutches and to perform embryo transplanting.

“Innovation in the dairy industry has changed tremendously,” said Brad.

In 1981, Brad decided to move his family and 180 cattle to Colorado – fulfilling a lifelong dream of moving west. Despite leaving his community behind, Brad couldn’t be happier with his life in Berthoud. He sings in the Barbershop Chorus and his sons are involved in sports and the family farm.

When Brad’s sons finished college, they joined the family business, and they continue to improve and develop the operation. Brad hopes to bring his grandson into the business in the years to come.

“I think of it as a feather in my cap that I have two sons and a grandson that want to be in business with us,” Brad explains. “I hope that we can pass something on to them – not necessarily material-wise, but when it comes to ethics. Family is number one.”