When Bradley and Kimberly Wolter decided to start a cow herd from scratch 15 years ago, they relied on her innate cattle knowledge and his Ph.D. in genetics.
Fast-forward those 15 years and you have a young southern Illinois farm family who is redefining beef cattle production — and profitability — on their Aviston farm, Windy Hill Meadows, and bringing a network of farm families along for the ride.
“The base of all this is that we want to develop our kids with a strong work ethic, we want to develop great genetics, and we want to benefit other family farms,” Kimberly says.
Then she laughs. “It’s a giant science project.” Bradley can’t argue that point.
The pair met at the University of Illinois, where Kimberly pursued a degree in agricultural economics and spent her early career in food-service sales for DOT Foods. Bradley earned a doctorate in swine genetics and is CEO of The Maschhoffs, where he’s spent the last two decades transforming the company’s genetic approach to raising profitable pork.