Larry Hedrich, LaClare Farms

BioI have been in the development stage of our cheese business since we decided to raise our children on the farm and needed to add value to our milk in 1978. It is an interesting and challenging process. At LaClare Farms the decision was to begin milking goats; next, we added having cheese made for us; then, we proceeded to make our own cheese, renting vat time from several accommodating cheesemakers. Finally, in 2012, we built our own plant.

I spent 25 years in the construction industry in a supervisory role, first building bridges, then buildings and installing the equipment necessary to make them functional. It involved paper mills, foundries, cheese plants, and projects for the energy industry. I was responsible for multi-million dollar projects and hundreds of employees. I then chose to quit construction and be in the dairy industry full time in 2001. We began milking goats in 1978, and continued to increase the herd until we began using our own milk for our first cheese, Evalon, in 2008. We at LaClare are honored to have since received numerous awards for the cheese we make.

Statement of IntentAs a founding member of the Quality Dairy Goat Producers Co-op in 2005, I believe in the importance of organizations that serve as industry leaders. I continue to serve as president and manager of the Co-op which has led the goat industry by establishing quality standards for raw goat milk which has provided several Wisconsin cheesemakers with the milk they needed to create their award-winning cheese.

I also value volunteer service and giving back to the communities of which I am a part. I served for 15 years on the local school board, many as president. During my tenure the district was cited for the high level of educational excellence several times, and I successfully moved projects forward by building consensus between diverse constituency.

It is my desire to offer my years of experience in management, board leadership, volunteer service, and the dairy industry to serve the membership of ACS as a candidate for the Board of Directors.