Lyndale Farms

Antwerp, NY
490 acres
80 milking cows

Proud dad

Few things make farmer Brian Lynch happier than being outperformed in the barn by his own sons. He and his wife, Jennifer, get significant help from the two youngest of their six children, Gannon and Brady, caring for the farm’s herd of primarily registered Jerseys. “They are both huge assets,” Brian says. The young men also take pride in their work, their father says. “What they’re doing means something, not just to our family but to other families. We’re feeding the world.” Plus, he adds, “Working alongside your children, you feel confident you’ve played an integral role in their values and their upbringing.

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Morning to night

In addition to the youngest Lynch boys still living at home, the couple has help from one hired hand and, during cropping season, their grown kids, family friends and a cousin. It’s a busy life, but Brian relishes it. “The two best times of the day are walking out in the morning and coming back in the door in the evening,” he says. At the start of each day, he explains, “You’re excited to go out and see what challenges are in store and, at the end of the day, you feel a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.

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