The Curtiss Farms Era
Schnering also maintained a resolute respect for the land. Under his direction, a professional agronomist was employed to identify and plot every mature tree. Precious trees were protected with lightning rods. When Otto Schnering died in 1953, he left behind a parcel of land that had been respected and maintained. 

By 1942, Leona Farms losts it name. Hertz moved his equestrian hobbies to warmer and greener pastures. Otto Schnering, owner of Curtiss Candy, bought the property and named it Farm Number 711. Schnering transformed the estate from a lush playground to the headquarters of a 10,000 acre farming operation.

Schnering and his Vice President, Bill Hunter, recognized the need for improved breeding techniques to raise production and quality of dairy herds. They developed an extraordinary program for acquiring outstanding blooded animals in every breed and collected hundreds of the world's finest animal specimens. Curtiss Farms became the breeding mecca for farmers all over the world. Farmers could place an order to improve their herds from a full color catalogue detailing the production and quality records of the Curtiss Farms stud.
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