named "Dairyman of the Year" by World Dairy Expo
World Dairy Expo has honored John Fiscalini
of Modesto as Dairyman of the Year for his
innovative farm business plan and industry leadership.
Fiscalini, a member of Western United Dairyman, has been described as a masterful innovator and business planner.
His progressive mindset prompted him to become an advocate for modern dairy and farming practices.
An early adapter of the farmstead cheese movement, in 2000, his Fiscalini Farmstead Cheese Company
has become a model for others aspiring to initiate a successful new market opportunity by creating high quality cheese products utilizing their herd's milk.
John's cheese company has won numerous awards including gold medals at the American Cheese Society
, California state Fair and World Cheese Award competitions.
In 2007, a Fiscalini
produced cheese was awarded the World's Best Extra Mature Cheddar at the World Cheese Awards in London, UK.
IN 2011, the same cheese repeated with a Super Gold Medal.
grew up on the family dairy in Modest.
Since taking over the management of Fiscalini Farms, John
has grown the herd from 400 registered Holsteins to 1500 cows, adding some registered Jerseys and Brown Swiss
The herd average is 27,200 pounds of milk, 1020 pounds of butterfat and 830 pounds of protein, with low somatic cell counts.
Fiscalini Farms was the first dairy in the nation to be certified through Validus Services, Inc.
for animal welfare, food safety and environmental well-being.
They have partnered with ABS on their young sire and genomics programs, and conducted on-farm research with University of California-Davis
, and the U.S. Department of Energy
and the California Energy Commission
son, Brian operate 460 acres which they triple-crop utilizing a combination of conventional, reduced till and no-till cropping practices.
A methane digester on the farm transforms manure into renewable electricity and also produces hot water to sanitize the milking parlor and cheese plant.
The digester produces enough electricity for the dairy, the cheese plant and 250 area homes.
They dry the solids and use them for bedding.
has serves currently on the Dairy Management, Inc.
board and the National Dairy Research and Promotion Board.
His is Vice Chairman of the board of directors of Yosemite Farm Credit.
John was chair of the Johnes Advisory Board in California, and director of local, state and national DHIA organizations.
has been featured as a speaker at the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin annual business conference and the American Cheese Society Conference.