Farmer Focus

The Perazzo Family

Hometown: Fallon, Nevada

Daniel Perazzo, member-owner of Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), farms as part of Perazzo Brothers Dairy in Fallon, Nevada, which has been in operation since 1941. Daniel’s great grandparents started with just six milking shorthorns. Today, he is the fourth generation, milking 1,100 Holsteins.  Thanks to a DFA powder plant built in Fallon four years ago, Daniel and his family were able to build a new milking parlor that was finished shortly after the plant began operating.

What do you like the most – and the least – about working as a dairy farmer?

My favorite part about being a dairy farmer is being able to work alongside my family, taking care of our animals. I enjoy the flexible hours and doing different tasks day to day.
My least favorite part is striking a balance between a work relationship and a family relationship. Also, sometimes dealing with the unreliability of employees and managing finances with the unknown nature of feed and milk prices.

Describe how the work on the farm is shared or divided up in your family.

Each of us can do every task if necessary, but we also have our own areas that we specialize in.

How do you think your farm’s business plan will change 10 years from now?

When we built the new parlor, our ultimate goal was to be at 1,600 milking, and I think in the coming years we can definitely meet that goal. My dad and uncle will also begin transitioning ownership to the next generation as they plan their retirement.

During those days when things aren’t going well, what do you do to keep a positive attitude?

I am grateful to my wonderful wife and kids that show up to the farm at the right times to give me a boost when it might not be the best day. We know that every day won’t be bad, and that tomorrow can be great. Prices won’t always be low and cows won’t always get out. At the end of the day, we know what’s truly important, and tomorrow there might even be a heifer calf to look forward to.

What would you be doing if you were not a dairy farmer?

Growing up, I either wanted to be a dairy farmer or a cop. My brother-in-law works for the local police department, so I live vicariously through him at times! I still like to watch any form of cop shows.

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