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Purchase of heifers began career spanning 44 years

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The 2000 Senior Farmer Elvin Davis bought six heifers from his former agriculture teacher with the intent to sell before it came time to milk them. He ended up milking them and after a month bought a milking machine that could accommodate 12 cows at once.

That was the beginning of his career as a dairyman, a career that spanned 44 years.

A year after buying the milking machine, Davis bought land to build a dairy barn and it took him a year to afford a roof for it.

While running his dairy, Elvis put in almond trees. Because he didn’t want to waste the land between the young trees, he planted watermelons in the rows of his orchard. When the trees got too big, he planted melons along with corn and alfalfa...


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