- Our Family
- Arley, Scott, Lynn
- Cody, WY
- Why dairy farming?
- We worked a lot on the farm, but it’s always been a real joy working with my family.
The George Family
A Wyoming Family Farm
Brothers Arley, Scott and Lynn George returned to a northwestern Wyoming dairy farm with deep family roots in the early 1980s.
Their parents homesteaded the farm after World War II as part of a program for returning veterans. The George homestead was situated on a former Japanese internment camp. The family used their two allotted barracks and modified one into a home where the George’s raised eight children and where Arley, Scott and Lynn’s mother continues to live. The other barrack served as the dairy parlor until 1981.
Arley reminisces about his younger days were he recalls milking cows in the early morning and after school working well into the night.
“We worked a lot on the farm, but it’s always been a real joy working with my family. We would never have survived it if weren’t for my mother, she was always steady and hardworking – our farm has always been a family affair,” says Arley.
Much has changed since those days, when most of the veterans pulled up stakes within a year or two. The Georges can recall a time when there were more than 200 dairies in Wyoming but now only a few remain. And today, George Farms is still nestled into the foothills of Cody, Wyoming against the stunning backdrop of Heart Mountain.
The family milks around 500 cows and farms enough acres to raise all of their own corn for silage and alfalfa for hay. The Georges consider themselves “environmentally conscious” when it comes to all aspects of the dairy. George Farms recycles manure from their herd as fertilizer – fertilizer that substitutes for more expensive, commercial alternatives that require more aggressive tillage and energy consumption.
Along with dairy farming and raising families, Arley has served as Chairman of the Board for Western Dairy Association and gives generously of his time to his local community and church. Lynn’s son Seth currently serves on the board for Western Dairy Association and Scott has served many leadership roles in the beef industry as well. They all intend to pass on the tradition of farming to their children – several have already returned to the dairy.
True to his character, when asked for any final thoughts, Arley simply says, “Life is good in Wyoming.” The milk there is, too!