Idaho Falls Citizen Journalism

Randal Stoker grew up on a small family dairy farm in the Magic Valley area of Southern Idaho. He was taught at a very early age how to appreciate the beauty of farm life and an appreciation for hard work.  As a third generation dairymen, Randal learned early from his father how to milk and tend to cows and calves and all about dairying.  He was also involved in 4-H and FFA and learned much about agriculture and the satisfaction of raising prize Jersey cows.

Randal and Carol have been best friends ever since middle school where they first met. In their early years of marriage they invested in their own small Jersey herd and marketed the milk in the Magic Valley.  Carol, a small town girl, learned the value of hard work and the benefits of farm living as she worked right along with Randal milking, processing and marketing their milk. Randal’s extensive background in the Dairy industry has included Idaho State Dairy Inspector, Dairy Cooperatives, Cheese processors, a degree in Agriculture Economics at Utah State University and for the past 16 years He has been employed as a Dairy Marketing Specialist with USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Services in Washington, D.C.  Always longing for and missing the West, they were grateful to return to their native state of Idaho in 2014, where he continues his employment with the USDA. Since their return, and in preparation for retirement they both have been actively engaged in the startup of their sheep cheese operation.

The cheese is currently available to buy at the Baker Country Market, Boise Winter Farmer's Market, and at the farm... please call first. More on their website. 

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