Perry Tjaarda

Western Area, Calif.

Perry, in partnership with his wife and parents, milks 3,200 cows. He also grows wheat and corn for silage, raises all of his own replacement stock and farms almond trees on 900 acres. Perry served on the California Milk Advisory Board and as dairy chairman for the Kern County Fair. He and his family were named DFA Members of Distinction for the Western Area in 2009.