Bill and Kathi Orchard incorporated Gurn-Z Meadow in 1971 after buying the farm from Bill’s parents, Curtis and Violet. The original home farm was in Waukesha county, which at one time had the largest concentration of Guernseys in the world!
Their daughters, Julie, Kristi and Jennifer are seventh generation dairy farmers who have a passion for the breed. All have second jobs off the farm, but continue to raise Guernseys for their love of the cows.
Julie Bacon is counselor at MorganMyers, a strategic communications firm that builds, protects and promotes great brands that help feed the world. She farms with her husband Ed and daughter Jolie while working for MorganMyers out of her home office in Columbus, Wis.
Kristi Orchard is a veterinary practitioner in Waterloo, Wis. She is vital at maintaining our herd’s health and focusing on preventive medicine. In addition to her DVM degree, Kristi has a Master’s degree in Public Health. Kristi and her husband, Brian Laufenberg, have two sons Dane and Alex.
Jennifer Orchard is a director at GenePro, a veterinary biotech company specializing in semen preservation. Jen’s love for her Guernseys keeps her active on the home farm as well.