In a new ongoing series on the blog, Minnesota Turkey will introduce you to some of our members – while others are farmers or work for turkey companies and/or allied industries. All have a passion for turkey!
Up first is Max Velo with Evelo Farms, who has been actively involved in the turkey industry for 13 years. With a farm in Ottertail County, he raises 400,000 hens per year. Max is married to wife Piper and the couple recently welcomed their first child, a daughter. In his spare time, he enjoys music and reading books.
What’s the latest technology you implemented on your farm?
The latest technology I have implemented on my farm are Stenner pumps. I use them for managing a consistent water sanitation program. Clean and sanitized water is one of the most important factors in turkey health.
What’s the best farming advice you ever received?
Farming is tough. There are so many factors that are out of my direct control that can affect my farm and my results in large ways. Keeping expectations realistic is very important. The best farming advice I have ever received would be from two people. “Know your numbers” from my uncle, and “Plan for the worst but hope for the average” from my father.
Why did you decide to become a Board Director of the Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion Council?
I grew up on the farm and have been doing chores my entire life. I chose to become a Board Director to meet more people in the industry, get a larger perspective of what turkeys mean to Minnesota, and have a reason to take a day off once in awhile.