Meet the Jeppesen Family
Tom and Jack Jeppesen are looking forward to opening their dairy operation, Black Locust Farms LLC, to the public and hosting the fourth Breakfast on the Farm event of the year. The brothers started dairy farming after graduating from high school and now milk 180 cows twice daily. Black Locust Farm’s cows produce an average of 9-10 gallons of milk per day. The milk is marketing through Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) and goes to numerous different plants in the surrounding area.
Tom and Jack are the third generation in their family to operate a dairy farm. Jeppesen’s also grow corn, soybeans, alfalfa, wheat and sudan grass on 900 acres of crop land. This year they have 340 acres of corn, 130 acres of soybeans, 230 acres of alfalfa, 75 acres of wheat and 20 acres of sudan grass. They utilize all of the crops they produce by feeding them to their cattle and putting some corn and soybeans on the market. Outside of all the work the family puts into the operation, Black Locust Farms, LLC has two full time employees and one part time employee.
Black Locust Farms LLC is excited to show the public how they care for both their livestock and the environment. Since the brothers have taken over the family operation, they have expanded the herd and acquired more acres of farm land. They have also added several buildings and installed pivots for their irrigation systems.
The brothers are both members of MMPA and Michigan Farm Bureau. Tom and his wife, Pam, have three children- Jared (Jessica), Zach (Gloria) and Nicole (Warner) - as well as five grandchildren- Austin, Adam, Nora, Ella and Anna. Jack and his wife, Kellie, have five children- Melanie, Kaleigh (Jared), Brent, Brian and Kyle. They also have two grandchildren- Teegan and Henry.