W. Eugene FlynnEugene Flynn

Eugene Flynn, born in Blair, Nebraska in 1926, is presently manager and partner with two brothers of the Flynn Field Farms at Blair. Eugene and his wife, Katy, were married in 1952 and are the proud parents of six children: Ann, Dan, Kelly, Mike, Karen and Joy.

Upon graduation from Blair High he entered Dana College as a mathematics major for two years. He then enrolled at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. Upon graduating from the University of Nebraska with a B.S. degree in farm management and agricultural economics in 1949, he returned home to the dairy operation.

Eugene's primary interest is a 400-head Registered Holstein dairy herd, of which 200 cows are milking at any one time. The herd annually produces more than 3 million pounds of milk and they sell 60 to 70 breeding bulls and 125 steers annually.

Flynn Field Farms also includes a farrow to finish hog operation that produces about 1,000 market hogs each year and 1,500 acres of wheat, soybeans, corn and alfalfa for feeding their livestock. About 20 family members are involved in the operation, including eight full-time employees. The most recent addition to the farmstead is "Country Corner", a small retail store specializing in cheese and other dairy products.

Mr. Flynn has been a leader in the Holstein breed in Nebraska, as well as nationally. He served as President of the Nebraska Holstein Association, District Secretary, delegate to the National Convention, and was chairman of the National Holstein Convention held at Omaha in 1959. He has also served as President of the Nebraska Inter-Breed Dairy Council and on the board of the American Dairy Association of Nebraska, has been president of the central states division of Mid America Dairyman, Inc., and currently serves as First Vice President of Mid-America Dairyman, Inc.

Locally, Flynn is a member of the Blair Chamber of Commerce, Blair High School Vocational Agricultural Advisory Board, Rotary Club, received the "AK-SAR-BEN Agricultural Achievement Award" in 1975. Mr. Flynn has hosted farm tours for child care center, Boy Scouts, 4-H and FFA groups, government groups from India and Japanese trainees.

"From the cow to the consumer" is a philosophy practiced by Gene Flynn and Flynn Field Farms today.