Gale Hill, Va., dairy producer David Craun worked as a nutritionist for 10 years before starting his own dairy. Since he did not have a family dairy farm to buy into, he wasn’t sure if he could make the leap. Then, in 2003, an opportunity presented itself. Today, he milks 141 cows and uses a TMR with grazing to get the most out of his 70 acres of pasture. 

His advice to others who would like to get into dairying: “Go to work for another dairy producer first. You will learn a lot in terms of management — both cows and people. And if that dairy owner will let you, buy cows to build up equity before you go out on your own.”