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Headshot of Joel Vaad.

Joel Vaad

Ranch Manager, Maxwell Ranch
Joel began his residency at Maxwell Ranch in 1994 as an intern from the CSU Department of Animal Sciences. Hired as Ranch Foreman in 1997, Joel was subsequently promoted to Ranch Manager in 2001. Along with his family, Joel resides at the ranch and continues to be an integral part of daily operations, making decisions related to budgeting and herd management, consistently maintaining humane animal handling practices. Joel assists in the authorization and implementation of research and student involvement projects conducted on the premises of Maxwell Ranch and/or involving the use of the ranch herd, supporting and serving the University by optimizing ranch assets to create a model 21st Century working cattle ranch.