Meet The Moo Crew

Don Usry

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Don has been with Hickory Hill Dairy since 1989 and can honestly says he’s done it all from tending to the herd, maintenance, planting crops, building construction … you name it. As for now we use is talents in the farm equipment department and “Mr. Mom” as our primary calf barn care giver.

Hoover Martin

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Hoover is another one of our veteran workers (since 1992). He is a legend in our neck of the woods for milking cows … can you say LEGENDairy? Hoover has been milking cows for over 50 years and lends his skills in our very own milk parlor for more than 26 years.

Benjamin Holmes

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Benjamin has been the plant manager and our delivery truck driver since 2009. Since he is the face of Hickory Hill Milk while driving from town to town, place to place many refer to him as the Milk Man. 

Jamie Pearson

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Jamie has been a part of the Moo Crew since 2009. She has grown to become our Marketing Director and AgriTourism Specialist. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Art from the University of South Carolina and has over 20 years of graphic design and marketing know-how under her belt. Jamie is an asset to our crew and is always willing to incorporate new things to help educate our visitors … have you met Clarabelle? 

Reggie Padgett

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Reggie is one of our original milk plant crew members. His nickname should be Sir Mix-A-Lot as he’s known as Hickory Hill’s chocolate milk master. Reggie takes immense pride in ensuring every batch of our famous chocolate milk is good to the last drop.

Joel Black

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Joel is a member of our milk plant crew. He grew up on a dairy and enjoys sharing his expertise with our farming family. Joel sets the stage every morning to make sure the bottling process starts off on the right foot. He is also responsible for making our jugs shelf-worthy by guaranteeing each label is perfectly situated. Joel is also a former president of the South Carolina Jersey Association.

Jorge Esquivel

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Jorge is a member of our milk plant crew. He plays a key role in our bottling operation; ensuring the process flows smoothly while keeping a keen eye on the filling system.

Angie Rita

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Angie is a 1986 graduate of Presbyterian College with a degree in Psychology.  She is a retired state employee with over 30 years of experience in the Human Service field. Her last 23 years were spent working with youth and families at the SC Department of Juvenile Justice. Though she was devoted to her work there, she loves working and being at the farm. Angie is our "go getter" office assistant; keeping everything and everyone in-check! 

Cody Clary

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Cody is our youngest employee. He's a local high school student who aspires to work in the cattle industry after college. 

Clifton Felder

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Clifton is the other half of our milking team. Having been raised around small farms in Johnston, SC, he jumped at the opportunity to work around dairy cows. Clifton has been milking off and on for the last 10 years, most recently joining The Moo Crew in 2018.

Cole White

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Cole joined our milk plant crew in Fall 2018. He has a degree in Diversified Agriculture from Piedmont Tech and manages his own beef cattle farm. When he's not working, you may find him preaching in a small country church.

Bruce Smith

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Mr. Bruce is Lisa's dad but around the farm we refer to him as our senior advisor. If you want to know something, he's the man with the answer. He stays up-to-date with news, sports and the community. 

Jessica Maffett

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Jessica is our newest herdsman at Hickory Hill. She is a 2019 graduate from Clemson University with a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science. She grew up on her family's beef and poultry farm in Saluda County. Jessica also worked at Johnston Animal Hospital, Clemson University's Morgan Poultry Research Center, and interned at the dairy before her college career was complete. We are pleased to have her join us full time.

Clifton Felder

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Clifton is the other half of our milking team.  Having been raised around small farms in Johnston, SC, he jumped at the opportunity to work around dairy cows. Clifton has been milking off and on for the last 10 years, most recently joining The Moo Crew in 2018.

Cole White

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Cole joined our milk plant crew in Fall 2018. He has a degree in Diversified Agriculture from Piedmont Tech and manages his own beef cattle farm. When he's not working, you may find him preaching in a small country church.

Bruce Smith

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Mr. Bruce is Lisa's dad but around the farm we refer to him as our senior advisor. If you want to know something, he's the man with the answer. He stays up-to-date with news, sports and 

the community. 

"It is possible to give freely and become more wealthy, but those who are stingy will lose everything "              - Proverbs 11:24