MHA is excited to welcome Steve Maddox of Riverdale, California, to Minnesota in the first week of February for the 2022 Breeder’s Seminar. From February 1-4, 2022, Maddox will visit six locations throughout Minnesota and South Dakota, sharing his wealth of experience and knowledge acquired from a lifetime of passionate involvement in the dairy industry.
Dates, Times and Locations:
February 1, 7:30 p.m. | Isanti, MN · Coborn’s
February 2, Noon | Wadena, MN · Pizza Ranch (Corral Room)
February 2, 7:30 p.m. | Brookings, SD Sponsored by Diamond V
February 3, 11:00 a.m. | Willmar, MN · Ridgewater College Ag Dept. Sponsored by Farm Bureau
February 3, 7:30 p.m. | Glance, MN · Unhinged Pizza
February 4, 11:00 a.m. | Stewartville, MN · Pizza Ranch
Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to learn from Steve and network with your fellow Holstein enthusiasts as we hit the road again for the 2022 Breeders Seminar!
Being born into a dairy family, Steve Maddox’s passion for dairying and the dairy industry started at a young age. Maddox met his wife, Brenda, in 1976 at the California State Fair while showing registered Holsteins. They have welcomed three children into their family: Melissa, Christina and Stephen, Jr.
Maddox’s passion continued to intensify as he pursued leadership roles in the dairy industry and beyond. He has served his local co-op board, Holstein USA, DairyAmerica, Dairy Management Inc., the local soccer and baseball leagues, his county fair board and the school board, all the while managing 4,300 milking and dry Holsteins and 4,500 replacement heifers.
Alongside the dairy, the family farm grows alfalfa, triticale, wine grapes, almonds, pistachios and olives – totaling 9,000 farmable acres. Maddox describes his farm as a large family partnership that includes his wife, Brenda, who does payroll; son, Stephen Maddox, Jr., who manages the farming operation; and daughter-in-law, Haley, who is in charge of marketing and promotions.
Maddox Dairy was an expansion from the original family farm started by his father, Doug, and named for his grandparents, Rufus and Ann. RuAnn Dairy is now managed by his brother, Pat, and his wife, Mary. The two brothers are partners in RuAnn Genetics, a resurrected elite Holstein genetics company that was originally started by Maddox’s father, Doug, who would travel to local dairymen and sell bull semen out of the back of his car.
Maddox estimates 150,000 people have visited the dairies over his 38 years at Maddox Dairy. The farm and cows continue to draw attention. The use of solar energy and a duel-fuel system, along with new technology to mix their irrigation and manure water helped them win a U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award.
“My deep seeded passions are family, farming & serving the community,” said Maddox. “I’m thankful to have a life-long career that encompasses all three.”