Start Date

27-2-1992 2:30 PM

Description

Mr. Larry Thomas Shirley grew up on a small dairy farm in southern Barren County, Kentucky where they milked 25 cows by hand. In 1960 he graduated from Austin-Tracy High School and attended Western Kentucky University for 2 years. He has also taken several other hours of class time at night. In 1962, he married Martha Spillman and they have 3 children; Debra 26, John 14 and Ben 11.

Mr. Shirley's first job was as a computer operator for Malone & Hyde, a wholesale grocery company. He worked in this position from 1962-1968. In 1968 he worked for Glasgow Manufacturing as a buyer for an auto parts factory. He also bought his first farm of 35 acres during this year. In 1970 he worked as a sales manager for MWM Company which is a Pharmaceutical company. In 1976 he started his own brokerage company for pharmaceuticals which was called L & M Enterprises.

Mr. Shirley went into full time farming with a commercial dairy herd in 1983. On December 13, 1985 (Friday the 13th) he bought his first registered Jersey cattle. His farm currently consists of 800 acres on which he grows 47,000 pounds of tobacco, has 130 acres of alfalfa, 120 acres of double crop soybeans, 100 acres wheat, 75 acres oats, 120 acres of com for grain/silage (1000 ton silage/year) and the remainder is used for pasture and grass hay.

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Feb 27th, 2:30 PM

Alfalfa in the Shirley Dairy Operation

Mr. Larry Thomas Shirley grew up on a small dairy farm in southern Barren County, Kentucky where they milked 25 cows by hand. In 1960 he graduated from Austin-Tracy High School and attended Western Kentucky University for 2 years. He has also taken several other hours of class time at night. In 1962, he married Martha Spillman and they have 3 children; Debra 26, John 14 and Ben 11.

Mr. Shirley's first job was as a computer operator for Malone & Hyde, a wholesale grocery company. He worked in this position from 1962-1968. In 1968 he worked for Glasgow Manufacturing as a buyer for an auto parts factory. He also bought his first farm of 35 acres during this year. In 1970 he worked as a sales manager for MWM Company which is a Pharmaceutical company. In 1976 he started his own brokerage company for pharmaceuticals which was called L & M Enterprises.

Mr. Shirley went into full time farming with a commercial dairy herd in 1983. On December 13, 1985 (Friday the 13th) he bought his first registered Jersey cattle. His farm currently consists of 800 acres on which he grows 47,000 pounds of tobacco, has 130 acres of alfalfa, 120 acres of double crop soybeans, 100 acres wheat, 75 acres oats, 120 acres of com for grain/silage (1000 ton silage/year) and the remainder is used for pasture and grass hay.