Born and raised in Fresno County, Johnny Tacherra is a third generation Dairy farmer, of Portuguese descent. Like many of our Valley’s Portuguese descendants, his great-grandparents immigrated from the Azores from Terceira island. They started Mendes Dairy in 1955 and when his grandfather, Joe Mendes passed away they incorporated and Morning Star Dairy Inc. was formed. He farms and dairies with his dad and mom, Johnny & Joann Tacherra. They milk over 1000 head of Holstein cattle and farm hay, oats, wheat, corn, several winter forages and pomegranates. Morning Star Dairy is environmentally certified and on the cutting edge of conservation farming.