It was 25 years ago, in 1996, when farm neighbors John Pesko and Ed Jasurda joined their respective farms to create United Pride Dairy in rural Phillips. Fast forward to 2021 and a 5th generation of farmers are running a high-tech enterprise that employs up to 90 full- and part-time employees annually and generates 200,000 pounds of milk, translate that to gallons and it equals 3,000, per day.
According to Bill Harper, who entered into partnership with Jeremy Pesko in 2014 when John Pesko and Jasurda assumed different roles, claims he’s always had a passion to own his own business. To that end he obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in accounting. Those degrees fit well when he and his wife, who is John Pesko’s eldest daughter, moved to Phillips from Green Bay. Harper assumed HR duties, as well as business strategies and structures on the dairy that were once overseen by John Pesko, freeing the elder Pesko for other duties, including overseeing tillage. Jasurda too maintains a position, as senior herdsman. Jeremy Pesko has his own set of duties, including, but not limited to, overseeing the shop crew which maintains the rolling stock of tanker trucks, trailers, tractors, and triple mowers utilized in the operation.