Xavier Avila was born into a dairy family—parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, all dairymen. While Avila did not inherit his dairy operation, he went off and started his own in 1992 with a partnership. Avila has been involved with many groups, including the California Dairy Campaign, Western United Dairymen and Dairy Cares, and serves as a current board member on the Land O’Lakes Cooperative.
He also owns a small, partnership dairy in Layton, California as well as a small herd of beef cattle that are separate from the dairy. In addition, Avila is the territory sales representative for Calf-Tel for California and part of Nevada. Avila is also active politically in agriculture and has lobbied in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. over various agricultural issues.