I began my career in 1965 as a herdsman for Paclamar Farms in Louisville, CO, one of the leading Registered Holstein Herds in the U.S. In 1966 Paclamar Farms received $115,000 for a bull named Paclamar Citation M. It was one of the first bulls of the breed to sell for more than $100,000 and that sale gave me my first opportunity to take a plane ride and fly this bull to Columbus, Ohio. Being a herdsman meant long hours. The show heard traveled from coast to coast by rail car which was much slower than modern day trucking. I was expected to provide “around the clock” attention for the show cattle. On the plus side, the job gave me numerous contacts with other cattlemen and “keen eye” for cattle. I became an accredited judge to judge all dairy cattle nationally and internationally in 1969.
In April of 1970, I started my own dairy in Johnstown. I started the business with 50 leased cows and a small rented farm. By 1977, I was milking 270 head and had moved to Ft. Lupton, CO. By the end of the 1980’s, my Registered Holstein Herd had produced numerous Grand Champions and three All-Americans. By the end of the 80’s the Dairy heard had expanded to four milking farms (all near Ft. Lupton) and over 1500 milking cows. The How-El-Acres genetics have been purchased around the world. Numerous animals have been sold to Mexico, Canada Columbia, Japan and Europe. By the early 90’s, I owned 9 farms in weld County and over 3100 Superior Holsteins.
Since that first plane ride to Columbus, I have had the opportunity to travel throughout the world to judge numerous dairy cattle shows.
In the mid-90’s I went through a divorce. My two daughters have blessed me with 7 grandchildren, 4 boys and 3 girls.
I remarried in 2004. In 2007, I purchased the last farm with a new home, where my wife, Vita and I presently live.
I have sized down to five farms and a Black Angus herd. I still bred and merchandize Holstein heifers, buy and sell dairy cattle and own and operate one motel in Brighton. All of this keep my days fully occupied.