Clark and Nancy Putman run The Putman Farm in Lisbon, NY where they have 47 milkers and 46 head of young stock. Clark grew up on a dairy farm and Nancy on a beef farm, so each brings a slightly different perspective to the task. Their two young children, Aaron and Kaitlyn, who help feed the calves are constantly in the barn with their parents. For Aaron, there is no greater joy than riding with his Dad on the tractor. And for Clark and Nancy, there is no greater joy than having their children by their sides and raising them on the farm.
Clark works five days a week for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Nancy works three days a week for Farm Credit. When their outside employment is completed, both Putmans are back on the farm, doing evening chores and evening milking. Weekends exist to catch up on chores needed to run the farm that couldn't be done during the week. And while there's not much rest or free time, there is a great deal of satisfaction. Says Nancy: "It's a wonderful life and a terrific way to raise a family. If you're a dairy farmer, you're in it because you love it."