Meet the “Days”

Charles “Dean” Day, Jr. began farming with his father in 1971. Dean followed his passion to farm shortly after graduating from high school. While maintaining a full-time job, he started his farming career working alongside his dad. After long hours and hard work, the family farm expanded and he was able to farm full-time.

He along with his wife, Pam, reside at the farm headquarters in rural Bement.  They have two children, Mike and Bob.    Dean is a retired director of the Eastern Illini Board after serving for 24 years.  In addition, he has also served on the Bement Grain Board and the Piatt  County Farm Bureau. Dean and Pam are the supportive component of their grandchildrens’ interest to farm and show cattle.

 As the second oldest in the family, the lack of acres prevented Ronald A. Day to join the family farming operation full-time.  Ron worked as a John Deere Technician while also assisting his father and brother.  In 1976, He joined his father and brother on the farm full-time.  He and his wife, Elaine, live in rural Hammond.  They have two children, Tim and April.  Ron is a former Topflight Grain Board Member, serving 15 years, and a member of the Piatt County Farm Bureau.

 

 

In 1996, Ronald “Mike” Day along with his wife, Cheryl, began their small purebred cow-calf operation in rural Cerro Gordo.  They have two children, Sierra and Chayton, who are actively involved in the daily operation of the farm.  Mike and Cheryl also maintain full-time employment in the agriculture sector.

Mike, a University of Illinois graduate, has been employed in the retail agriculture sector since 1988.  He earned his Certified Crop Adviser credentials in 1994.  Cheryl is a graduate of Illinois State University and employed as the editor of National Hog Farmer publication.

Mike’s family are members of the Illinois Angus Association, LaMoine Valley Angus Association,  American Angus Association, Piatt County and Illinois Farm Bureau, and the Illinois Beef Association.  Cheryl is the past president of Illinois Agri-Women, Secretary of American Agri-Women, Macon County 4-H Leader, and Illinois Jr. Angus Association Advisor.  Sierra and Chayton are active members of the Macon County 4-H and Illinois Angus Association.  Sierra graduated with high honors from Cerro Gordo High School. She is currently attending Lakeland College, studying Animal Science. She earned a presidential medal for scholastic achievement and she is the current president of the Illinois Jr. Angus Association.  Chayton has joined the farm crew when he is not attending school.

In 2010, Sierra nominated her mom for America Farmers’ Mom of the Year.  Cheryl was selected the first Midwest Farm Mom of the Year. The Family was also selected the 2010 Angus Family of the Year by the Illinois Jr. Angus Association.

 Bob Day, a Lakeland Community College and Illinois State University graduate, has been employed in the agriculture industry since 1998.  Bob through employment joined his father and uncle in the daily operations of the farm in 2000 and manages Day Trucking.

On July 20, Bob passed away. He is survived by his wife, Kristina Day of Hammond; one son, Lukus Dean Lee Day of Hammond; his parents, Charles Dean Jr. and Pam Day of Bement; one brother, Ronald Michael “Mike” Day and his wife Cheryl and their children Sierra and Chayton Day of Cerro Gordo.

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