Meet Rusty, the #DairyDad

If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet Rusty Yeiser, I kinda sorta totally feel bad for you. Not only is he quite possibly the happiest man alive, he also makes a mean bloody mary (I mean come on… #priorities). Cheers to you, Rusty!

And who may you gals be?

The Yeiser Sisters, Emily Yeiser Stepp and Amy Yeiser Leslie, grew up just outside of Annapolis, MD leasing and showing dairy animals through the 4-H leasing program. They both attended Penn State University. Today, Emily (30) works with the national dairy animal care program and lives in Sterling, VA with her husband, Cody, and dog, Nittany. Amy (25) works in dairy promotion and lives with her husband, Joe, and dog, Sydney, in Butler, PA.

Who is your #DairyDad?

Rusty Yeiser grew up in Syracuse, NY making fun of the kids at the New York State Fair that laid down and cuddled with their dairy show heifers. What’s that saying about karma, dad….? Rusty attended the United States Naval Academy and retired from the Navy as Captain in 1998. Currently, he is a development officer for the Naval Academy Foundation and lives with his wife, Gail, in Arnold, MD. They have been married for 41 years. He loves to golf, cheer for Navy, Syracuse, Maryland, and Penn State college sports, and play with his grand-dogs.

How is your dad involved in the dairy industry? How has he supported you in the dairy industry?

Rusty had little involvement in the dairy industry growing up and until he met his wife, Gail. Shortly after they got married, he helped deliver his first dairy calf at a friend’s dairy farm. When Emily was 8, Gail learned of a new 4-H dairy leasing program that was only 20 minutes away from home, Rusty knew it was inevitable that his two girls would be involved. From watching The Masters golf tournament in the barn as the girls clipped for Spring Show, to being the best bucket holder, as he says,  ‘at the south end of a north facing cow,’ Dad has been there for us through every step of our journey in the dairy industry.

One word to describe your dad and why you chose that word – go!

Fun-loving Dadzabub aka best Dad ever!

If you had the chance to say one last thing to your dad, what would it be?

Words can barely begin to describe our love and appreciation for you, Daddyo. You have stood by us, entertaining our crazy ideas, asking the right questions, and always supporting our dreams with guidance and most importantly, unwavering love. We would not be where we are today, personally, professionally or as human beings without your constant presence in our lives. We both love you to the moon and back!

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