Adam and Nicole Liddle own the Liddle-Holme Farm in Argyle, New York, and Adam is quick to say he “loves every minute of it.” His enthusiasm for dairy farming is infectious, and you can’t help but feel his pride and excitement as he talks about dairy farming and his herd. The Liddles have 45 acres, about 75 milkers, and 75 young stock, and although they only purchased this farm roughly a decade ago, dairy farming has been in the family for generations. That, however, is only part of the story.
Adam dedicates himself full time to dairy farming and to his herd. In fact, the herd has been recognized as a “Top Type Herd,” which means it is among the highest quality in the land. When Adam once sold a substantial number of cattle, he received the highest average price per animal in the country, due to the pedigree, health, and quality of his stock. And that is Adam’s second business. He personally manages the breeding of his herd and sells perhaps 30 animals per year. Those cattle command top dollar because of their high quality, and that helps the Liddles tamp down the effects of low milk prices in the dairy industry.
Adam, Nicole, and their three children all have chores on the farm. Says Adam: “The kids pitch in every day and are a big help, and Nicole is here working every day as well. The kids also have their own show animals, and they compete in the state fair and national fairs in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin every year. They love it, and we love it.” What’s more, Adam is a member of the World Dairy Expo Committee, which hosts the largest dairy exposition in North America each year in Wisconsin.
Dairy farming is much more than a full-time job, but Adam still finds time for other activities. He coaches fifth- and sixth-grade girls’ basketball teams, as well as a traveling basketball team for 16-year-old girls. And you can feel his smile as he points out, “These girls are pretty darn good. The team always finishes in the top ten in the state for Division D. They work hard at it and bring great energy and enthusiasm to the game.” He coaches when he’s not working on the farm or when he and Nicole are not busy hosting a busload of 35 visitors from Quebec who want to see the herd and learn first-hand what the fuss is all about. It’s all in a day’s work.