Catching Up with Dr. Matt Iager

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Published on: September 26, 2017

Welcome to MD-West-View Genetics in Boonsboro, Maryland, the home farm of Dr. Matt Iager, his wife Laura, and children Noah and Brooke.  Matt currently serves as treasurer of AETA and chairs the education committee.  He was a partner with Mid-Maryland Dairy Veterinarians in Hagerstown, Maryland for twenty years.  He started his own business, MD-West-View Genetics, from his strong interest in registered dairy cattle breeding.  He now shares his time working with both companies as a certified practitioner with AETA.  Matt frequently partners with his brothers Mike at Bulldog Holsteins and Mark at Maple Lawn Farm along with several other great breeders and wonderful friends.  His embryo business consists of a donor facility and small recipient herd with both a certified lab and mobile veterinary lab.

 

Matt enjoys serving many organizations in the dairy industry being current president of the Maryland Holstein Association, treasurer of the Maryland Dairy Shrine, Maryland delegate to the National Holstein Convention and board member for National Dairy Shrine.  He is active in his church and community and enjoys judging, showing, flushing, and working with registered cattle.

 

Five Things Matt is very proud of:

  1. Matt is very proud of his family.   He is married to Laura (19 years), and has a son Noah and daughter Brooke.  He has two brothers, Mike and Mark, who he teams up with on registered cattle. Matt’s parents Charles and Judy taught him to work hard, give generously, be caring, and “have an interest in something to have energy.” Matt has many interests and hobbies, but most of them involve registered dairy cattle.
  2. Matt is proud of his faith in God.   He attends church and Sunday school, plays drums in the contemporary choir and has served on the church council. He enjoys Christian contemporary music.
  3. Matt is proud of the many dairy clients and friends he has made for over twenty years in the dairy veterinary business. He feels very fortunate to have had the chance to serve numerous top herds on the east coast and has loved the opportunity to flush many great cows. He enjoys watching and helping farm friends be successful at what they do best like showing cattle, marketing and exporting genetics, and volunteering and helping others.
  4. Matt was proud to have grown up on Maple Lawn Farm in Fulton, Howard County, Maryland. He was taught to have a strong work ethic.   He’s proud to have owned Md-Maple-Lawn TT Etta Ex 90 GMD who was Jr All American with a daughter who was also Jr All American. When Matt was nine years old, Etta had a left displaced abomasum (LDA) which required surgery and that event strongly impacted his desire to become a large animal veterinarian.
  5. Matt is proud of the Maryland 4-H Dairy Programs. He was active in 4-H, dairy judging, dairy bowl and the Maryland Junior Holstein Club. He was a Holstein DJM Finalist, a Kildee Scholar, and member of the All-American Club for judging at World Dairy Expo.  The Late, Dr. Lee Majeskie, was a mentor, teacher, and friend.

Five things people do not know about Matt:

  1. 1.  Matt is a Licensed Auctioneer and graduated from the Missouri Auction School in 1992.  He enjoys showcasing this talent at local fundraisers and community benefits.
  2. Matt plays drums in the contemporary choir at the church he attends. He played percussion in the band throughout high school and college.
  3. Matt is a huge fan of vintage Ford Thunderbirds and maintains a few in his garage.
  4. Matt won the National Bovine Palpation Contest while in veterinary school competing against other veterinary colleges across the USA.
  5. Matt and his son, Noah, share the same birthday, Halloween, just 30 years apart.
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