Clay grew up in northern Augusta County. From a young age he was active on his family’s beef cattle operation: Mountain View Farm. Clay attended the University of Northwestern Ohio where he earned a degree of Applied Science specializing in agriculture and diesel technologies. After graduation, he returned to the family farm where they continue to raise cow calf pairs and background feeder heifers. Since returning to the farm, Clay has grown an existing custom hay making business, as well as started a custom harvesting enterprise. In 2018, Mountain View Farm began selling hay and forage supplies with customers all across the state of Virginia. In his spare time, he enjoys helping his friends and neighbors on their farms and training his border collie.