Who is Deana Jak?
Well…it is an acronym. Each letter stands for the first letter of our names. The “Deana” represents all the boys: Doug, Ethan, Austin, Nigel and Andre. The “Jak” represents all the girls: Jenny, Aleesha and Kaia. Since we are all involved in the farm, it was important that all were included in the many facets of this business.
The entire family takes part in all the “happenings” at the farm! Austin and Andre, the oldest sons, manage the farm. From feeding, breeding and calving, they do it all and do it well! They take great pride in what is produced and they pay close attention to the direction of the breed and industry. Austin is married to Kelsey Diehl and Andre is married to Katrina Frey. Aleesha had her own photography business. She sits on the board of the Pennsylvania Junior Hereford Association helping with events and fundraising. If you need some footnotes, a picture taken, or a heifer or two washed, she’s the one for the job! Nigel and Ethan are definitely a huge part of the farm; they are always there to give a helping hand! You can usually find Nigel in the show barn with a blower in hand and Ethan somewhere on the tractor either giving hay or working on anything that involves big machinery! Last but not least, Kaia, the "baby" of 6, is always willing to help with whatever she can do! Kaia is the one calling out, “I’ll help you!”
On January 8, 2016, Andre & Katrina were blessed with a daughter named Harper Lynn Howe!
Needless to say we are all about family and everyone doing their part! We are extremely proud of what we have done thus far; not just at the farm or in the show ring but the fact that we simply started out with just one Hereford cow.
If ever you are in the Bedford area, please stop in for a visit. We would love to see you!