The Cockerum (Cockerham) family settled in Jamestown, Virginia in the early 17th century. Like so many early American immigrants, they continued to prosper as farmers and ranchers in the East, primarily in Virginia and North Carolina. As their families grew and spread, some of the Cockerum’s moved West and settled in the small, western town of Payette, Idaho. Here, agriculture played a major role in the development of a robust community at the confluence of the Payette and Snake Rivers. Located at the western edge of the Treasure Valley, a moderate climate allowed for cattle ranching and the development of crops ranging from livestock feed such as wheat, alfalfa and corn to produce such as potatoes, onions and sweet corn as well as fruit orchards offering apples, peaches and apricots, to name a few.
With farming and ranching roots that run deep in this country, entrepreneur, Skip Cockerum, was a natural to develop his own unique brand of animal husbandry. Skip grew up in Payette, learning to appreciate the land and the bounty it has to offer. He attended college in Oregon, then began his research and development of feeder-insect-based products in the Oregon coastal town of Tillamook. His work led to patented processes for “farming” Musca domestica, the basic building block for all Fly Farm Systems products. As Skip is fond of saying, “I have the largest ‘livestock ranch’ in the West.” In 2005, Skip returned to Payette, where he continues to refine his Fly Farm Systems processes and develop innovative insect-based foods for avian and aquaculture applications. He continues to produce hundreds of millions of flies per year at his unusual “ranch” in the Idaho foothills.
Over thirty years of research has gone into development of the Fly Farm Systems product line. The company uses all-natural ingredients and offers the highest quality feeds and supplements on the market. A unique vision has become a thriving business model to take us into future decades of environmental responsibility. The Skipio’s brand represents the best combination of ecology, adaptation and nutrition.